Can you stom­ach a coun­cil tax in­crease? News­read­ers have say on a pro­posed hike

East Kilbride News - - FRONT PAGE - Ni­cola Find­lay

Mas­sive cuts to ser­vices are on the cards in a bid to bal­ance the books with South La­nark­shire Coun­cil set to raise coun­cil tax by three per cent.

The rise could boost lo­cal author­ity cof­fers by £3.8 mil­lion but hard-pressed ratepay­ers are still fac­ing £16 mil­lion worth of cuts.

The News spoke to folk in East Kil­bride about whether they agreed with a rise in coun­cil tax – which would be the first in 10 years – or whether they felt it was a step too far.

Gary Black­wood from St Leonards said: “As much as folk don’t like it, I think we need to bite the bul­let and ac­cept it.

“The ex­tra cash is badly needed for ser­vices, par­tic­u­larly front­line ser­vices.”

Stephen Brennan from West­wood said: “I don’t mind pay­ing more coun­cil tax if ser­vices im­prove but not if the money doesn’t go where it is re­ally needed.”

Mean­while, Jim Devine from The Mur­ray said: “I can see both sides. Ob­vi­ously the coun­cil will say they want to put it up to put more money into lo­cal ser­vices but if it ac­tu­ally went to things like care ser­vices, I think more folk would be happy pay­ing. How­ever, I am scep­ti­cal as to where the money ac­tu­ally goes.”

And Phil Lochrin from West Mains added: “I think the rise is needed. As long as it comes back into ser­vices and not the gen­eral coun­cil cof­fers.

“Things like so­cial care and the road­ways, es­pe­cially in EK, need money put in to them.”

As much as folk don’t like it, I think we need to bite the bul­let and ac­cept it... Gary Black­wood

Bite the bul­let Gary Black­wood

More for ser­vices Stephen Brennan

Feel­ing scep­ti­cal Jim Devine

Rise needed Phil Lochrin

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