As costs of big projects stack up a further 3% rise planned after Labour reject Lib Dem amendment.
An almost 50% rise in Council Tax since 2012 under Labour is simply unacceptable. That’s an extra £566 on a band B property in a year!
This year many people have been under financial pressure and can’t afford big increases in Council Tax. The Welsh government have given £13m extra to Swansea Council for the 2021-22 settlement, but the Council have squandered this bonus as the costs of major projects stack up, and rejected Lib Dem amendments for a smaller more manageable Council Tax rise.
The cost of servicing the Council’s capital projects (such as the new Oystermouth Road ‘golden swan’ bridge) is already £36m and is expected to rise to £46m by 2025/26. That’s the same as cost as 1,150 extra teachers! At the same time the Council fails to get the basics right. Our streets are dirtier than ever but new data shows that not a single prosecution was made for fly-tipping in 2019-2020.