Another year, another rise
HAVING read the statement issued by Councillor Peter Rees in the Evening Post (March 5), it would appear that Neath Port Talbot Council have done what was suggested by the Unison trade union representative earlier this year by "just putting the council tax up" by more than the Welsh average.
This appears to have cured the possible problem they were going to have with their employees by simply ignoring the fact that NPT is already one of the most heavily taxed communities in Wales whilst seeing little or nothing in return for the annual increases.
Councillor Rees says that the increases are needed to protect front-line jobs, whereas many people that voted for him have possibly lost theirs because they work in the private sector or have suffered pay freezes and pay cuts.
What about the residents who are not on lower bands? Must they subsidise the majority whilst driving around the pot hole-riddled roads to pay and display in a car park that was supposed to have been a new shopping precinct after having navigated the gridlocked traffic and instead go shopping in a town centre that has as many shops shut down as open?
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This council have to realise that you can only squeeze so much blood out of a stone, and value for money is not what the residents are at present receiving.
M J Parfitt
Cimla Crescent, Neath