Rt Hon Lord Lilley

    Peter Lilley, MP for Hitchin and Harpenden, today warned that council taxes were soaring by four times the rate of inflation across the country and this would be a key issue in the forthcoming local elections. Conservatives, nationally, have launched an online council tax calculator to allow the public to search by postcode how much council taxes have soared since 1997 (www.conservatives.com/counciltax)

    Peter Lilley said:

    “Taxes have soared under Labour, without the improvements in public services that we all want to see. Council taxes have risen by three times the rate of inflation every year since 1997. Come April, local residents across the country will face a council tax hike of four times the rate of inflation, as well as smaller wage packets thanks to the increase in National Insurance. This is engineered by central Government, but with local councils taking the blame. Under the last Conservative Government between 1993 and 1997, council taxes in St. Albans District and North Hertfordshire rose by ?103 for properties in Band D. Since Labour came to power in 1997, council taxes have risen by ?323 and ?318 respectively.

    “The Government is taxing and borrowing more and more in order to spend massive amounts on unreformed public services. People are still being left behind by Labour?s failing approach to health care and education. Hitchin and Harpenden residents are now being hit in the wallet to pay for it.?