There’s a BIG hole in the councils finances

So the hole gets bigger over time due to the fact that the grant the local council receives from central government will eventually replaced by allowing the local authorities to retain 100% of business rates. So what’s the strategy for closing the gap? Increase council tax, parking charges, charge for bin collection or hunting down those businesses that aren’t paying enough rates or reduce services? What’s the answer? Maybe you have the answer (or one of the answers at least) and Rochford District Council is inviting you to give your views via the budget consultation survey which can be found here.

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About the author James Newport

Essex County Councillor for Rayleigh North, Rochford District Councillor for Downhall & Rawreth and Rayleigh Town Councillor for Sweyne.

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