Highlands and Islands Greens
Highlands and Islands Greens

Moray Greens Urge Caution On Council Tax Rise And Highlight Need For Reform

Thursday, January 14th, 2016

Moray Council’s ruling Administration has today (13/01) proposed to raise Council Tax by 18% this year in order to balance its forthcoming budget.

If Moray becomes the first Local Authority in Scotland to end the Council Tax freeze it will be subject to financial penalties from the Scottish Government.

“Proposing an 18% rise in Council Tax is a bold move by the Council Administration, and I look forward to seeing the detail behind the proposal in the full budget,” stated James MacKessack-Leitch, Moray Greens Convenor.

“Most people understand the need to pay a bit more to protect cherished local assets and hard-working council employees, and it is certainly a better option than yet more devastating cuts and further increasing services charges or Council Tenants rents.”

“However, there are still other reasonable options available to the Council Administration, and they will have a hard time justifying such a large rise when costly and unpopular projects like the proposed Elgin Western Link Road are still being pursued.”

“I would also urge the Council to work with vulnerable and low income taxpayers to ensure that those who should be receiving exemptions or support do so.”

“Nevertheless, it is quite clear that the Council Tax, and its current management, is not fit for purpose and, rather than being frozen, should be scrapped in favour of a fairer, more progressive alternative with absolute local control – along the lines proposed by the recent Commission on Local Tax Reform1.”