Councillor denies 'Scrooge' accusation as tax rises

Councillor denies 'Scrooge' accusation as tax rises

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Councillor denies 'Scrooge' accusation as tax rises
Simon Dudley
Benefits claimants now face a jump in their Council Tax bill following a decision by Royal Borough cabinet members yesterday.

They agreed overwhelmingly to increase the minimum charge for worse off residents to 10 per cent of the Council Tax. Up till now they have only had to pay 8.5 per cent.

The rise will actually mean residents living in band D homes will have to pay an extra £1.56 a month. But Cllr Simon Dudley (Con, Riverside South) - lead member for finance - denied an accusation by Windsor resident Peter Hooper who had been given permission to address the meeting, that he was an 'Ebenezer Scrooge'.

He said that the rise in the minimum charge would contribute to keeping the Council Tax down, meaning that the worst off would actually benefit in the long run.

He said: "If you don't contribute to your services you use you are not a full stakeholder with a right to criticise or comment on your local services."

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