The Labour group on North Yorkshire County Council has today agreed to reluctantly support the increase in council tax in light of the pressures on adult social care and young people’s services throughout the pandemic.

Eric Broadbent Labour Group Leader says

“The last thing we want to see is any reduction in critical services that the council provides we have voted for the increase so that we can continue to support those that need it most. It remains our belief that services should be adequately funded from central government and not through the structurally unfair council tax system. Council tax is a regressive tax that penalises the lowest-paid more as they pay proportionally more of their income to their council.

Indeed the Institute for Fiscal Studies calculates that the poorest 10 percent of the population (even after taking into account council tax support for low-income families) pay 8 percent of their income in council tax, while the next 50 percent pay 4-5 percent and the richest 40 percent pay only 2-3 percent.

We clearly need an overhaul of this antiquated system for funding essential services.”

Council tax will rise by a general council tax increase of 1.99 percent supplemented with a 1.5 percent social care precept leading to a total council tax increase of 3.49 percent.

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