Swanscombe and Greenhithe Residents Association and Dartford Conservatives handed Swanscombe yet another huge tax bombshell in the Budget this year.
Since the last election, Swanscombe residents’ have seen their tax bills rise by 11% – for a Band D council property that’s £170. At the recent Dartford Borough Council Budget, Swanscombe Labour were disappointed that the Swanscombe and Greenhithe Residents Association supported this year’s Tory council tax hike – leaving the average Swanscombe resident nearly £90 worse off this financial year. This year’s increase follows increases in other areas, such as Tory-run Kent County Council’s tax and Police and Fire authorities.
All three Residents Association Councillors voted in favour of the Budget motion along with Tory Borough Councillors. Labour was the only party to stand up for Swanscombe and vote against the disastrous Budget which will leave Swanscombe residents paying more and more tax for the same broken services.
The Budget offers no solutions to the failing waste collection service and cuts the CCTV Budget despite anti-social behaviour rising and crime on the up. Local resident and Labour activist, Emma Ben Moussa commented:
I was outraged to hear that the Residents Association supported this broken Budget. Swanscombe has the highest rate of child poverty in Dartford but is paying the highest council tax. That is absurd and its only Labour that can fix things for Swanscombe.
The Residents Association have let our area down. Swanscombe Labour will always put residents first and not just back the Tories no matter the consequences for our community.