Cardiff’s Labour Council have broken their Council Tax promise for a fourth year in a row in their budget vote, and refused to allow Lib Dem proposals to be voted upon.
In addition to backing a 3.7% Council Tax increase (breaking their promise of keeping the rise below 2%), Labour Councillors rejected Lib Dem plans for:
- An extra £1million to fix our roads and pavements
- Over £200,000 for 8 new community sweepers to keep our streets clean
- An extra £1million to invest in our libraries, including re-opening the original Roath Library
- Stopping plans to halve the alleygating budget
The Labour Deputy Lord Mayor refused to allow the Lib Dem proposals be put to a vote, despite a contradictory ruling on the same rule by the Lord Mayor at the previous Council meeting.
Cllr Nigel Howells, Cardiff Liberal Democrat Shadow Cabinet Member for Finance, said:
“The Lib Dem Alternative Budget gave Labour one final chance to keep their Council Tax promise without cutting frontline services, but for a fourth year in a row they’ve chosen to break it.
“Finding the money to let Labour keep their promise was actually quite easy, and Labour’s refusal to let our plans be voted on shows just how scared they are of their electoral fate.
“In rejecting our fully-costed plans, Labour have rejected more money to fix our crumbling roads and pavements, refurbish our libraries and Hubs, and finally clean up our littered streets – all services neglected for years by this Labour council.
“Residents across Cardiff know just how much Labour has held our city back, and they’re joining the momentum behind the Liberal Democrats to drive Cardiff forward.”