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Parish Tax Hits Lea

April 8, 2018 1:07 AM
By Mark Jewell

Lea is effectively paying twice for grass cuttingOnce again your local LibDems have led the fight for residents of Lea ward. LibDem councillors on Preston City Council voted against Labour's unfair Parish tax, increasing the Parish precept by 94%. This means residents of a D-band property in Lea are paying an extra £24.

This increase has been forced onto the Parish by the Labour controlled Council so that the Parish pays for cutting grass verges in Lea. Mark commented, "The rub of this is that there is already a provision within our Council Tax for the cutting of grass verges so the residents of Lea are effectively paying twice!"

The Labour finance cabinet member said at the time, "It's your turn to pay" referring to the hardworking residents of Lea. Labour have raised £50,000 from this precept across all Parishes and have directed it to Labour controlled areas.

Unfortunately, most Conservatives supported Labour and didn't vote for our amendment. For Labour it isn't about fairness or budget deficits, its about punishing areas like Lea and Cottam.