Posted by: John Brace | 18th January 2019

Will council tax payers pay an extra £7.6 million for the Liverpool City Region Combined Authority?

Will council tax payers pay an extra £7.6 million for the Liverpool City Region Combined Authority?

                            

Birkenhead Constituency Committee (27th September 2018) Cllr Phil Davies right answering a question on the Local Plan

Birkenhead Constituency Committee (27th September 2018) Cllr Phil Davies (right)

At the start I will declare a financial interest in that my household pays council tax to Wirral Council.

The Liverpool Echo carries the news today that Steve Rotheram’s budget (if agreed by the Combined Authority at its public meeting on the 1st Feburary 2019) will from the 1st April 2019 result in increased council tax for both Wirral residents and other residents across the Liverpool City Region Combined Authority area.

At the moment council tax for Wirral residents contains three main elements, an amount to Wirral Council, an amount that goes to the Merseyside Fire and Rescue Authority (to fund Merseyside Fire and Rescue Service) and an amount that is decided by the Merseyside Police and Crime Panel (to fund Merseyside Police).

The proposed yearly levels according to the Liverpool Echo for the Combined Authority for 2019-20 are below:

Band A £12.67

Band B £14.78

Band C £16.89

Band D £19.00

Band E £23.22

Band F £27.44

Band G £31.67

Band H £38.00

Wirral Council’s representative on the Liverpool City Region Combined Authority Cllr Phil Davies stated at a public meeting of Wirral Council on the 19th November 2015 to discuss the devolution deal with government that created the current Liverpool City Region Combined Authority, “I think this is a good deal for Wirral, it’s a good deal for our residents and I ask everybody to support it thank you.”

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Extraordinary Council (Wirral Council) 19th November 2015 Liverpool City Region devolution Pt 2 of 2

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  1. Strange how your income tax also goes to the Police, Education, Transport etc and then we pay again when we pay Council Tax, its about time it was scrapped as most times the moneys goes to pay their wages or wasted and we get nothing out of it, scrap the bloody thing!

    • You are right that police, education, transport etc are funded by a combination of national funding (for example through income tax) and local funding (for example council tax and business rates).


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