Ealing Labour Approves 2% Increase in Council Tax
At the Council Meeting on 21st February, Ealing Labour voted in favour of a 2% increase in council tax to fund social care.
Whilst there are national pressures on social care funding, these have been exacerbated by Labour’s bad planning, bad financial management and bad leadership.
However, this shouldn’t mean that Ealing’s vulnerable residents have to miss out on services, argued Conservative opposition Councillors, who also voted to support this extra funding.Conservative Councillors further argued that the extra £2.3m to be raised from this tax must solely be spent on adult social care.
Councillor Gregory Stafford, Leader of the Opposition said:
“Morally, supporting Labour's 2% social care tax was the right thing to do even though it was a result of their bad planning, bad financial management and bad leadership.
The looming issues in social care were always on the cards with a growing ageing population. For Labour to be so unprepared by that growth in demand beggars belief.
It also demonstrates that Labour have been living in ‘la la land’ when they decided to put £18.2m into reserves, spend £3.2m on wheelie bins and put up their own councillor allowances - valuable resources that should have been directed immediately into social care. Yet another example of Labour not listening, not planning, and not delivering for residents.“