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86 Councils Stand Up For Local Services

Tuesday, February 19, 2013

GMB congratulates 86 local councils planning to raise council tax to protect front lineservices

Government slashed budgets and it's high time councils said 'enough is enough' and it is totally disingenuous if government ministers criticise councils trying to protect local communities says GMB

GMB, the union for public services, commented on the report in Local Government Chronicle that 86 councils plan to defy the government council tax freeze. See notes to editors for table published today.

Brian Strutton, GMB National Secretary for Public Services said "The UKGovernment has slashed Council budgets and services and jobs and it's high time Councils said 'enough is enough'.

Front line Council services have been pared to the bone and can't be cut any more. It will be totally disingenuous if government ministers criticise Councils who are trying to protect their local communities.

Councils also need to do the right thing by their staff - after a 3 year pay freeze I hope that at a national negotiating meeting on Thursday 21st Feb we will see an offer to begin rebuilding local authority pay."

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Contact Brian Strutton 07860 606 137 GMB Press Office 07921 289 880

Notes to editors

Article from Local Government Chronicle

Details at www.lgcplus.com/blogs/council-tax-intentions-in-2013/5053536.blog

Council Tax Figures

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