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Some support for raising council tax

By Herald Express  |  Posted: October 10, 2012

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RESIDENTS in Torbay could be asked to pay more council tax to soften the blow of the swingeing cuts facing council services.

There was some support for raising council tax to minimise the impact of the up to £10million cuts among more than 40 people who attended Torbay Council's budget first consultation event at the Riviera International Conference Centre.

They also supported looking into other ways in which the council can generate income.

The council is proposing savings of some £2million from administration, for example by moving out of Oldway Mansion and Roebuck house in Abbey Road.

Cllr Alan Tyerman, executive lead for finance, said: "I'd like to thank the members of the public that attended and gave us their valuable feedback and again encourage as many local people as possible to come to future budget consultation events."

Residents unable to attend budget consultation events are encouraged to log on to www.torbay.gov.uk/budget where a summary of council services can be found and residents can complete the online budget survey.

Residents can also get involved via social media on Twitter following #TCbudget or on Facebook.

The council's policy, performance and review team can be contacted on 01803 207227 for further information, ideas and comments can also be sent to consultation@torbay.gov.uk

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  • melezee  |  October 10 2012, 7:26PM

    Sparr-- we need more jobs not less as you think ,if you put people out of work we still have to keep them untill they find another job. There are far to many people out there who earn far to much, many earning £1,000 to £2,000 a week , it realy is obscene when the min wage is little more than £6 10 an hour, we have some very greedy people out there who do not earn what they collect in income, many who avoid paying tax and put nothing back into society. A single person working 10 hrs a day on min wage for 6 days a week would be lucky to take home around £300 a week. after payment for Tax NI and pension not all single people have a family they can live with, if you want to save for a place to live you have no chance, which is maybe why many sleep rough in friends homes and in shelters and have to go for food hand outs at the local church. To say the Uk is one of the richest countries in the EU is a disgrace when we have many families living in poverty that are now having to be helped by the Red Cross with food parcels.

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  • dkkat50  |  October 10 2012, 6:48PM

    Reptor- Many people are made jobless, but that does not make them scum- There are a few with social problems but they need help not kicking in the face. We can never have full employment,so think your self lucky .However there are some out there like drug dealers who prey on the jobless, who I would call scumm.

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  • dkkat50  |  October 10 2012, 11:55AM

    Raising the council tax may help save a few jobs on the council,but what about all the others in the private sector on low pay who have lost their jobs. Again it is central government passing the buck. Many people in this region are on low pay ,including many on the state pension who are struggling to pay basic bills, as we see fuel, food and doemstic bills,along with rents all increasing at an alarming rate. Now we are to see council tax rise. yet government said they woud cap council tax rates.while at the same time take money away from local councils.

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  • sparro  |  October 10 2012, 11:15AM

    Easy way to save money, start at the top & cut staff that are not needed. There are too many riding about in vans or sending 2 men to do a one man job. I know it sounds hard, but money must be saved. Do you need so many vehicles? Do you need so many bosses? Do you need to employ so many contractor at top prices? Do you need so many surveys & consultations, by outside companies? Thinks the council needs a complete overhaul.

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