In a full council on Boston’s new council tax scheme the opposition parties were again overwhelmed by the Conservative ‘raise the hand without engaging conscience’ voting.
Somewhat softer alternatives to the 75 per cent cap on exemptions were put forward to no avail.
Opposition were even told that it was too late to put any other schemes forward – and this after being denied any requested figures until mid-January. Requested statistics needed to work out alternatives to the Conservative Cabinet approved scheme were unobtainable until too late.
Such a statement will raise questions as to how the Conservative 75 per cent scheme itself was priced, but no explanation of this phenomenon was forthcoming in debate.
In our present inability to persuade the administration to be less severe with their new Council Tax scheme we, the opposition, feel we have have somewhat failed the many hard working but financially hard pressed families in our borough. But not as badly as the Conservatives have failed them with this scheme.
Coun Richard Leggott
On behalf of the opposition