Invite voluntary tax contributions

I may be in a minority of 1 here, but I think it is absurd that Council Tax has been frozen so long. If we want good services we have to pay for them, surely. What about adding to the council tax bill, an invitation to increase payments? It could be expressed: if everyone paid an extra x%, it would pay for street lighting. If everyone paid an extra y% it would plug the funding gap. If everyone paid an extra z% it would pay for social care. Then people could contribute according to what they use, what they can afford, and when they can afford it. Crazy? Probably.

Why the contribution is important

Economising on council services was much needed, but most savings have been made now, and if we value our civilised society, we just have to pay for it. I realise a lot of people are struggling to make ends meet, so this needs to be voluntary.

by ancrumcraig on December 02, 2015 at 01:20PM

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  • Posted by Bramble December 05, 2015 at 17:20

    Agree, but this is a restriction imposed by central government.
  • Posted by Borderer December 07, 2015 at 18:59

    Don't know how many would volunteer, but it could be a way around the government freeze as it is for a compulsory raising of the council tax, not a voluntary contribution to services.
  • Posted by teej January 19, 2016 at 18:39

    Sorry, I would rather have the money to myself; things like libraries etc can be supplanted by a central e-book lending service or such. Some services are just not needed. Also the council should remove all funding to BSLT - if it can't exist commercially let it close.

    We really need to trim further - a group of core services (schools, recycling collection, roads, street lighting, I'm sure there are other important ones) and close all others. People need to take more responsibility to provide for themselves not look to the council to do everything. Maybe voluntary sector providers can provide other stuff.
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