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Cumbrian authority to increase council tax by 1.9 per cent

Copeland council plans to increase council tax by the highest it can without needing a public referendum while cutting a host of services.

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I completely agree, it's a really ridiculous form of tax! I have been paying it for over eight years, I'm 25 now.. it's had a really negative impact on my finances over the years, especially towards the start of my career when i was on a low income.

Hey but 'tax doesn't have to be taxing' :P

Posted by spud on 19 January 2013 at 12:27

if you can afford 2% mike then i suggest you put more in the pot.
why as a retired pensioner are there people who contrbute nowt but take everything.
lats have the poll tax which was by far much fairer than this obscene tax.
tell me mike why should my £120 a month go towards public sector pension,or has i live in allerdale why should it be used towards the white elephant derwent park,i,ve no interest in it so why should i pay towards it.

Posted by cynical cumbrian on 14 January 2013 at 20:26

i think this is a great idea as this will give the council more money to improve a much needed area

Posted by carl whitehead on 14 January 2013 at 13:44

Nearly 2% wow. Hardly bank breaking in these times of cuts its got to be done. I dont agree with cuts but without the rise there could be more

Posted by Mike aa on 14 January 2013 at 13:15

Ms. Woodburn should be looking long and hard at the inflated salaries and sheer scale of 'managers' within the public services departments of Copeland council. raising council tax by 'as much as she can without a referendum' is a cop-out and a kick in the face to hard pressed households around the region.

Posted by Craig on 14 January 2013 at 13:07

great!!!, now perhaps they can afford to buy some scaffolding and get round to my house to put my guttering back up which was damaged in january 2012...home housing came in may 2012,shoved a card through my door saying "we need scaffolding"......and never came back..its now 13 jan 2013..and im still waiting, it would be a different story if i owed them anything tho.

Posted by colin campbell on 13 January 2013 at 20:59

all i can say is it is criminal having to pay more council tax, most of us are struggling as it to wonder a lot of brits emigrate for a better life

Posted by chris on 13 January 2013 at 12:29

she questions how it can be that they have to make drastic cuts. The answer is obvious. 13 years of a labour government spending money the country doesnt have, and now we have to pay for it. She should stop making a political issue out of it and get on with the job she is paid to do.

Posted by mike on 12 January 2013 at 16:55

An appaling tax that should be abolished, as for a pay rise every year until 2017 alright for some, my greedy employer has not given us a payrise for the last 3 years mainly because oh better not say might be branded something i am not.

Posted by Andrew on 11 January 2013 at 21:26

Ms Woodburn, what is immoral is the way that MPs and local councillors over many years have been spending money the country DOES NOT HAVE and to say this should not happen in the 21st century is puerile nonsense, spending money we do not have in any century is wrong.The UK has a debt of some £one trillion, plus a pension debt for the civil service alone of a further £one trillion, please tell the paying public how you think this problem should be dealt with?

Posted by Michael Owen on 11 January 2013 at 14:32

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