Spending is all wrong
I READ the March issue of the Swansea Leader with dismay. The council has devoted a whole page, not to explaining where they are making savings but to where they are increasing expenditure. The net result of which is an increase in council tax of 3.8 per cent, a figure well above inflation. At a time when council tax payers are having to cut back their own household budgets Swansea Council are hitting them with an unjustified tax increase.
It is hard to believe that in such a huge organisation they can't find more efficiencies and areas of saving to help tax payers.
To celebrate the centenary of Dylan Thomas they are planning to spend £500,000 and for other cultural activities including the Blue Plaque Scheme £200,000. Do they really need to spend these huge amounts at any time let alone in a time of austerity? Surely these are 'nice to haves' not necessities.
There is even an argument that the Leader itself is a luxury that could be cut or suspended to save costs. Councillors who voted for the council tax increase need to come into the real world with the rest of us. In this real world we are focusing on necessities not 'nice to haves'.
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