Opposition slams Welwyn Hatfield Council budget

PUBLISHED: 14:24 15 February 2017 | UPDATED: 14:59 15 February 2017

Councillor John Fitzpatrick, Labour finance spokesman, has blasted the council budget.

Councillor John Fitzpatrick, Labour finance spokesman, has blasted the council budget.

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Welwyn Hatfield’s political opposition has mounted a sustained attack on the borough’s financial plans, which include the first council tax rise in eight years

Labour and Lib Dem members have slammed several aspects of the 2017/18 budget, voted through by the Conservative-controlled borough council last week.

The authority blames the tax rise on a steep drop in Government funding, but the opposition has criticised several other issues, such as loss-making public attractions, top councillors’ allowances, and the cost of car park maintenance.

By including rises in the county council and police precepts, combined with the new fee garden waste collection, the Lib Dems have calculated that bills will rise by £105/year for a Band D home.

For a full report on the opposition concerns and the council’s response, see the Welwyn Hatfield Times, on sale in shops.


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