Surprises in the rises

I was junking some old bills, when I noticed the recent rises in Council Tax bills for the Borough of Southend-on-Sea. Here are the increases in recent years, all brought to you by a Conservative administration that is now complaining in opposition about the modest 1.95% rise we have brought in this year.

2009/2010 3.95%
2010/2011 2.95%
2013/2014 1.75%

Now council tax rises in of themselves are not a bad thing – for starters if you do not keep up with inflation then you will see cuts. However, it is a bit rich for the Tories to moan about a rise this year when not that long ago they were happy to put Council Tax up in Southend-on-Sea.

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