Coun­cil tax thaw is wel­comed in Burn­side

Lo­cals hope it will im­prove ser­vices

Rutherglen Reformer - - News - Jonathan Ged­des

The Scot­tish Govern­ment last week out­lined changes to coun­cil tax that will kick in next year.

It will see the end of the tax freeze that’s been place for the past nine years, with re­spon­si­bil­ity for rais­ing the tax go­ing to­wards lo­cal au­thor­i­ties.

That means that South La­nark­shire Coun­cil could in­crease the rate by up to three per cent.

The Re­former asked Burn­side res­i­dents what they thought about the pro­posed changes.

Ron Mathe­son felt that a coun­cil tax in­crease is over­due. He said: “I think the in­creases are fair. It’s been frozen for too long, and I think it has to go up if ser­vices are to be im­proved, and the lo­cal au­thor­i­ties should have a bit of ex­tra money to achieve that.”

Morag Hunter said: “I don’t think the coun­cils should have au­ton­omy over it, be­cause I don’t see why we should sub­side their in­ef­fi­ciency. I think they should have some say in what they’re do­ing, or else what’s the point in them even be­ing there? But they need to be reigned in.”

Joy An­der­son, of Cam­bus­lang said: “I think it’s the right move, be­cause ser­vices have been held back for years and years and there’s noth­ing left to cut back on. I think even­tu­ally they’ve made the right de­ci­sion.”

Fran­cis Daly, of Castlemilk, was will­ing to ac­cept the raise as long as lo­cal ser­vices ben­e­fit­ted: He said: “You’ve got to pay the money if you want ser­vices. I think it’s im­por­tant to pro­tect the ser­vices, so it would be OK if it went up a wee bit to help pay for that.”

It’s been frozen for too long and it has to go up if ser­vices are to be im­proved

Ron Mathe­son

Right De­ci­sion Joy An­der­son

In favour Ron Mathe­son

Au­ton­omy Morag Hunter

Ser­vices Fran­cis Daly

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