Call for council tax revolt after attempts for bus cuts rethink blocked

Call for council tax revolt after attempts for bus cuts rethink blocked

Call for council tax revolt after attempts for bus cuts rethink blocked

First published in News

RESIDENTS should consider refusing to pay their council tax in protest after attempts to force a rethink on North Yorkshire bus cuts were blocked, a councillor has claimed.

Seven councillors, led by independent Richmond member Stuart Parsons, called for North Yorkshire County Council to reconsider axing £2 million from bus subsidies, which has sparked fears many communities could be cut off from public transport.

The authority’s transport, economy and environment scrutiny committee decided not to refer the issue back to its executive.

Coun Parsons said no evidence had been provided to ruling councillors about the likely impact of the cuts on vital services.

He said: “I’m spitting feathers and I think a council tax strike could now be an idea to launch action against the council.”

Coun Chris Metcalfe, executive member for public transport, said elderly people would have help to get to hospital if necessary and the council was not getting rid of bus services completely.

He said: “There seems to be a message that we are in a doomsday scenario – we are reducing services, not withdrawing them.”

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11:30am Sat 8 Feb 14

AnotherPointofView says...

Much as many might want to have a "council tax strike", it's not a good idea. Tha council has the ability to take enforcement action against those who don't pay.

They will take non payers to court. It could only work if the vast majority of tax payers witheld payment, something which is very unlikely.

The best place to take action is in the ballot box and as the last election was only last year, the residents have a while to wait.
Much as many might want to have a "council tax strike", it's not a good idea. Tha council has the ability to take enforcement action against those who don't pay. They will take non payers to court. It could only work if the vast majority of tax payers witheld payment, something which is very unlikely. The best place to take action is in the ballot box and as the last election was only last year, the residents have a while to wait. AnotherPointofView
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4:19am Sun 9 Feb 14

Magicman! says...

Coun Chris Metcalfe, executive member for public transport, said elderly people would have help to get to hospital if necessary and the council was not getting rid of bus services completely.

He said: “There seems to be a message that we are in a doomsday scenario – we are reducing services, not withdrawing them.”

Tell that to the people of Pickering....
[quote] Coun Chris Metcalfe, executive member for public transport, said elderly people would have help to get to hospital if necessary and the council was not getting rid of bus services completely. He said: “There seems to be a message that we are in a doomsday scenario – we are reducing services, not withdrawing them.” [/quote] Tell that to the people of Pickering.... Magicman!
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10:38pm Sun 9 Feb 14

gjh says...

A County Councillor advising people to break the law? That is not very clever really is it. I doubt Coun Parsons would actually do it himself as having a criminal record would likely stop him continuing in local politics.
A County Councillor advising people to break the law? That is not very clever really is it. I doubt Coun Parsons would actually do it himself as having a criminal record would likely stop him continuing in local politics. gjh
  • Score: 0

7:19am Mon 10 Feb 14

Non-corporate entity says...

gjh wrote:
A County Councillor advising people to break the law? That is not very clever really is it. I doubt Coun Parsons would actually do it himself as having a criminal record would likely stop him continuing in local politics.
Wow you really are a terrible person. People make the law through revolting lets not forget! Acts are can only be enforced by consent. People like you make me sick.
[quote][p][bold]gjh[/bold] wrote: A County Councillor advising people to break the law? That is not very clever really is it. I doubt Coun Parsons would actually do it himself as having a criminal record would likely stop him continuing in local politics.[/p][/quote]Wow you really are a terrible person. People make the law through revolting lets not forget! Acts are can only be enforced by consent. People like you make me sick. Non-corporate entity
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