Residents face increase twice

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REGARDING the article on the council tax rise to be imposed by Cramlington Town Council (News Post Leader, January 19) only 72 per cent this year, readers might like to bear in mind that the purpose of such a rise is to pay for increased duties imposed on the town council by Northumberland County Council.

There will be, however, no parallel decrease in the county’s council tax to reflect the delegation of those duties, and hence costs to the town council.

Cramlington Town Council residents are, therefore, being hit by a 72 per cent increase in the tax to be raised by the town council and a, de facto, increase from the county at the same time.

The common factor is that both councils are controlled by the Liberal Democrats.

CHRISTOPHER DORMAN-O’GOWAN

Cramlington