Drop The Council Tax Rise
CANTERBURY CITY COUNCILS proposed cuts to the Council Tax Support Scheme (CTSS) have put out a consultation on were council tax rises should fall because of tory central governments false austerity programe and they have given a confusing 13 choices available which most people would not have the time or understanding to fill in. please see link https://www.canterbury.gov.uk/your-council/have-your-say/consultations/council-tax-support-scheme-consultation/ If you do read it though it seems to encourage people to vote for those people who can LEAST AFFORD the changes ie those on social security, tax credits, zero hour contracts the stuggling self employed and familys with teenagers to support the cuts could double or even treble the amount of council tax paid by those granted and needing CTSS as the percentage contribution rises to 10% or 15% from 5%. There could also be in addition a new £10 per week “TEENAGE TAX” levied on all grown up dependants living at the family home as councilor alan baldock understands. That’s FIVE HUNDDRED POUNDS’ extra council tax per year per dependant when all around the district there are million pound mansions and people with expensive cars. Therefore you are being asked to make a NONE DEMOCRATIC DESISION you dont understand and the consequenses their of and when the desision is enacted it will be incredibly unfair putting more people into greater hardship and is really just a smoke screen to say that they have the publics backing. Labour councilors Alan Baldock, Jean Butcher and Bernadette Fischer have voted against this and you can read about this in Chris Stones Column (written in stone)in last weeks Whitstable Gazette. This petition is put up by "canterbury and whitstable stop the cuts" which you can find on the internets Facebook site. Please dont forget to sign many thanks fom all the people in canterbury.
Don't Cut Enhanced Sheltered Housing
To Canterbury City Council- We the sighned ask that Enhanced Care for sheltered housing remains in place. This vital service provided by Canterbury City Council in collaboration with Kent County Council since 2000 allowed fragile and older people to independently. Residents and their families fear that removing Enhanced Care will force people into residential care. Cutting Enhanced Care will not save money and will be detrimental to the quality of life of elderly residents. Cutting Enhanced Care is part of the Tory Government's savage attack on funding for local government- a reduction of 40% since 2010 which has seriosly affected services to vulnerable people. We call on Canterbury City Councillors to underwrite this essential service and campaign with the community for the required funding- opposing KCC cuts and using all available measures including the Council's reserves.