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Council Considers Axe On Council Tax Benefits

Wednesday September 17 2014


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A FUNDING shortfall has meant that people who currently get help with their council tax could end up having to pay more towards their bills.

Barnsley Council is asking residents for feedback about proposed changes to the council tax support scheme to help it address a £3.6 million shortfall in funding.

The system changed last year, from council tax benefit to a ‘council tax support schemes’.

But funding has been axed by the government - and now the council is trying to find a way to address the shortfall.

At the moment, those who get help with their council tax get up to 85 per cent of it paid for. But
locals have been warned that they could be expected to pay more.

A spokesman said: "We still firmly believe that pensioners should be exempt from facing any increase, but this puts additional financial pressure on working-age claimants – who already pay a minimum of 15 per cent of their council tax.

“The only way we could make the scheme operate without losing money is to ask these people to pay 57 per cent of their council tax. This is clearly too much to ask.

“Sadly though, owing to the government’s continued funding cuts, we do have to consider asking claimants to pay more. We are consulting everyone on a number options starting at keeping it at the current 15 per cent, up to a maximum of 30 per cent contribution.

“I sincerely sympathise with those who will be affected by any increase, but without them, the scheme in its entirety is unsustainable, which would prove more problematic for all claimants in the future.”

People already on the scheme will receive a letter inviting them to take part in a survey, which they can complete and return in the pre-paid envelope or hand it in at any council office.

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Reply Posted by bob on Thursday September 18 2014 at 10:57
Does this include the 25% you get off if you are the only adult in the household??

Reply Posted by workedallmylife on Thursday September 18 2014 at 10:59
like hell pay more.. what for a bin service which is ridiculous. never emptied on the correct day.. I will go to prison rather than pay more out of the little help I receive.

Reply Posted by Ray on Thursday September 18 2014 at 13:01
Always blamining the cuts, it's nothing to do with financial mismanagement of the council or the fact we're 23,000 jobs short on jobs compared to other sized towns or the fact that Barnsley for some reason cannot attract business to move here unless they are subsidized by the government.

The reason that it's going up is because we have been failed as a town by out council the only revenue they can generate is through council tax because no one wants to set up business or can afford to work here due to low wages. The whole council economic plan for growth is in the hands of developers who will build more houses in the hope that we can just be a labour supply chain to proper cities and towns like Sheffield, leeds and huddersfield.

If there was more business generated in barnsley we might be able to take the hit

Please do not vote labour in the next round of council elections.

Reply Posted by STEVEO on Friday September 19 2014 at 09:58
I concur RAY!

Ever since Houghton got "the top job" and every time the Tories have been I power, all Houghton has ever bleated about is "Tory cuts", yes I am not saying that we haven't had to endure massive cuts to BMBC's budget, tis always the Tory way to systematically penalise Labour run councils, this is also absolute FACT to those that will say that it isn't so.

As for jobs, we have one of the highest youth unemployment rates for a town our size in western Europe!

We need to get these young uns into work but whilst ever "employment agencies" are systematically discriminating against people born and bred in this country by only solely sending Eastern European migrant labour to "client workplaces" then our youth unemployment is only going to grow at an exponential rate.

BMBC have a very near-sighted policy when it comes to job creation in our town, we have excellent road links to the M1 and A1 and vast swathes of brownfield sites that are ripe for development, people (for the most part) are ready, willing and able to take up any jobs that come up, the problem is when jobs do come up then applications for said jobs are massively oversubscribed.
Again, I have said this before and don't want to dwell on it too much but, we have to have a workplace cap on migrant labour if our town is to survive and prosper.
Will never happen under a Tory or Labour government though, neo-liberalism is a cruel tool that subjects many people to a life of poverty, in lamens terms, society needs high unemployment as this drives wages down and keeps the rich richer.
Classic example is Asos, yes I am going to mention them yet again, over 10,000 people (and counting) through its doors in the few short years that iy has been open, £40 MILLION pounds in profit last year and the most certainly have the "where with all" to pay a "decent rate of pay" but choose not to as they have a steady stream of eastern Europeans that are more than happy to work in horrendous conditions for a few quid a week.
But they are happy enough to work in said poor conditions as firstly, it is a LOT more money than they can earn back "home", and not only can "they" top up their meagre wages with various benefits, but the lifestyle they lead enables them to send vast amounts of money "back home" to their respective countries.
This obviously takes a massive amount of money out of the local economy, but alas, a lot of people cannot see this.

Back to the topic in hand, I am perturbed by the terminology of "working age claimants" obviously this is yet another tool to ostracise, demonise, demoralise and systematically force people who claim "council tax benefits" into low paid jobs.
The Tories have enshrined this into law which, again in laymens terms basically means that if any council has any shortfall in any funding for what ever it may be, (not necessarily directly attributed to council tax and) they can then decide who and how they want this "shortfall" to be covered, the die is cast and it obviously looks like the poorest in society will have to make up the "shortfall" by paying more Council Tax.

TO THE PEOPLE OF OUR ONCE PROUD TOWN, I HOPE YOU REMEMBER THIS THE NEXT TIME YOU GO TO VOTE, YOU ARE BEING MADE TO MAKE UP A SHORTFALL IN BMBC FINANCES DUE TO YEARS OF FINANCIAL MISMANAGEMENT AT THE HANDS OF THE BUFFOONS WHO ARE IN CHARGE AT BMBC TOWERS!

Reply Posted by Ray on Sunday September 21 2014 at 20:30
Just read in Chronicle that the BMBC are taking the DMC back from the people they pay. Another white elephant along with the Civic and the Core, it will be shut down, sold or made into council offices within 5 years watch this space.

Reply Posted by Beck on Thursday September 18 2014 at 13:17
Pay more are you joking bins never get emptied on time theres still pot holes all over the place what do we actually pay council tax for ?

Reply Posted by Davey on Friday September 19 2014 at 12:08
Vast majority goes on education and social care for the elderly and disabled.

Reply Posted by Brian on Sunday September 21 2014 at 23:31
Not sure about that. I think you will find that most of the councils money goes on providing a pension schemes for their employees.

Reply Posted by Davey on Monday September 22 2014 at 12:21
I think you will find that you are incorrect. Don't take my word for it. The information is publicly available on the council's published accounts.

Reply Posted by dawn on Thursday September 18 2014 at 13:30
And yet Barnsley Council can afford to buy giant "comb" art sculptures? takes the ****

Reply Posted by Annon on Thursday September 18 2014 at 13:45
What a crock of crap, Maybe the council should stop wasting millions on **** that isn't needed and invest in building jobs and investment in the area. Labour has proven how poor they run the country into debt not just Barnsley.

These Jokers on there £60k plus a year MP jobs need to remember who grants them their cussy lifestyle.

Reply Posted by Mick Clay on Thursday September 18 2014 at 14:07
They're just paying that for new lighting arent they?

Reply Posted by Dr Debate on Thursday September 18 2014 at 14:43

If Barnsley council believe they can get away with this Then it's Kipper Jackson for mayor for me.

Reply Posted by Percy on Thursday September 18 2014 at 15:38
Get rid of bedroom tax simple n maybe that will help ppl put a lil extra to council tax simple

Reply Posted by anon on Thursday September 18 2014 at 15:41
Getting rid of THE 1 chauffeur driven car would save a few pennies .....

Reply Posted by Dr Debate on Thursday September 18 2014 at 16:16
@anon don't forget THE 2 car as well.

Reply Posted by TrueRed on Thursday September 18 2014 at 17:03
Haven't any of you idiots realised that this viscious government is deliberately impoverishing those towns and cities that have always supported Labour to enable them to bribe the swing voters in marginal areas come election time. You must be plain stupid if you think that they care in any way for the hard-working people of this country. If you didn't attend a fee paying school and Oxbridge you are nothing to them.

Reply Posted by Red Optimist on Friday September 19 2014 at 00:18
It is you who is an idiot if you really believe what you have posted.

Reply Posted by Ray on Sunday September 21 2014 at 20:36
True Red, we were shafted when Labour was in power when we should have been thriving. Still they blames the pits, the governmet, Thatcher. It was 25 years ago at some point you've got to look within. Other towns are doing better but they have better people running them, I wouldn't trust Houghton, Miller and co to boil me an egg, It would cost me three times as much turn up underdone, cold and 2 hours late. They are bleeding useless and the catalogue of incompetence is never ending. They couldn't even get some crappy IKEA furnitire for the town centre in place in place for the summer until about a week into September. If anyone can tell me a successful, on time, on budget council project I would love to hear it.

Reply Posted by STEVEO on Sunday September 21 2014 at 20:47
Again I concur Ray!

They are totally incompetent, again we have excellent transport links and plenty of brownfield sites which are ripe for developing as we so desperately need jobs in our area.

Thing that really cooked my goose was when "duggy" Dugher was banging on about how Labour brought Asos into our town... Oh the irony!

Another point worthy of note, again re - incompetence, just how MUCH money have they spent on "consultants" since Houghton and co were enshrined into the Town Hall?

Reply Posted by Brian on Sunday September 21 2014 at 23:35
They only employ consultants because the senior officers they employ aren't up to the job'

Reply Posted by STEVEO on Tuesday September 23 2014 at 10:05
Totally agree and that is why I keep banging on about the people in our once proud town to STOP voting these idiots in!

Reply Posted by Paul on Thursday September 18 2014 at 17:36
Got it in one TrueRed, so true.

Reply Posted by Guido Fawkes on Thursday September 18 2014 at 18:09
You who bought your council houses who followed the beat of the Tory drum and couldn't see further than the end of your snout in the trough of buy it it's cheap stuff the future generations in barnsley should hang your heads in shame like I say no council property no rent money no rent money a bankrupt local authority and please don't mention the car and plate what do you want the mayor your representative on official occasions to roll up in Del Boys three wheeler you are getting what you deserve you money hungry clowns and don't just post back abuse think hard about what I've written

Reply Posted by mwah on Thursday September 18 2014 at 18:12
Not sure if all the comments above are from people who read the article. Not everyone has to pay more, many people who should pay min of around £85 only pay 15% of that so £13, they are asking that to go up to contribute a little more. Comments on pot holes n bins, i pay £146 a mth n have the same bin service etc. The suggestion is that more is paid towards their share of services they already have that i could be paying 10x more for, doesnt seem that unreasonable but theres no facts in the article we dont know how destitute the people receiving help are to really know if its a possible solution.

Reply Posted by Lisa on Thursday September 18 2014 at 19:19
I had to give up work to become a full time carer and it used to be that I got full council tax benefit, then I had to pay 15% and now it may go up more

I have no idea where I will find the money

Perhaps I should quit caring and make the government put my dependent in a home costing thousands per month maybe if all carers did that then they would realise how much we save them and contribute to society and treat us with some respect

But no keep on cutting benefits for the most vulnerable

What's wrong with pensioners paying if they are means tested anyway I'm sick of it . It's a joke in this country you can be a millionaire but pay no council tax etc if you are pension age

But care for another human for the pittance that is carers allowance and you have to pay

How is that right?

Reply Posted by Guido Fawkes on Thursday September 18 2014 at 20:51
What I the carers allowance 61.00a week what's that an hour about 36/37 pence an hour carers save the government billions what do they get in return a kick in the nuts mind you it is abused by a lot of skankers hence they won't pay more sad but true

Reply Posted by Mick on Thursday September 18 2014 at 19:46
Kick 'em, kick 'em while they're down, then kick 'em again, then just to be sure they don't get up, kick 'em again to stop 'em thinking about getting up. No riots in the streets yet?

Reply Posted by arthur on Thursday September 18 2014 at 20:01
Remember orgreave that's all he police force were a foot on the throat on the working classes destroy the unions and bye god look what's left.

Reply Posted by George on Thursday September 18 2014 at 22:04
The original comment says they believe pensioners should be exempt from any increase, not that they should be exempt from council tax. As a pensioner, I pay full council tax with no discount.

Reply Posted by Tom on Thursday September 18 2014 at 22:39
Enough is enough. the poll tax is back, and it is being levied on the poorest, those without an income, who have to rely on state benefits.

And it is being levied upon those with the least benefits. It doesn't make sense to charge people a small sum, when they are reliant on the dole. The dole has been cut, this is another stealth cut to the dole.

Abolish council tax completely, it is nothing but a regressive POLL TAX. Replace it with a property tax, revalue all properties.

Reply Posted by Tom on Thursday September 18 2014 at 22:51
1. We can sort out all the council's problems with SCRIPT and improve Barnsley.

Issue SCRIPT and let CT be paid with SCRIPT. The council complains it has no money. Yet it doesn't mean "money" it means "currency". The council could print it's own currency and use it to employ people to provide local services, whilst accepting SCRIPT as payment method for local taxes. SCRIPT schemes were used in the 1930s in many places, notably Worgl.
SCRIPT schemes can bring about full employment in a matter of weeks. And have even led to people paying their taxes EARLY! With Script we can re-pave the roads, re-open all closed services, provide new services, build new council houses, have the cleanest streets in the UK and so on. And without spending a single pound. Just place some reserves to one side and use them to back the Script.

2. Unfortunately script is illegal and has been since the 1930s, when it was used successfully by many towns in the great depression. The central banks outlawed it as they wish to have ultimate control over unemployment and equality..
-So if we are to keep CT, abolish discount for pensioners, and make people under 35 exempt. For the first time ever, pensioners in their 80s are now better off than working people in their 20s. To then give pensioners multiple added benefits on top is grossly unfair, whilst those under 35 face multiple forms of financial age discrimination, with more discrimination the younger people are.

Taxes should be progressive and levied upon those with the most.

3. Really council tax should be abolished and replaced with a Land Value Tax. It should also be illegal to own land and register it's ownership offshore for tax purposes.

It beggars believe that some aristocratic families receive £1million a year in CAP landowner benefits based upon acres of land owned. The land is owned by a company registered offshore, and the company legally avoids paying tax.

CAP payments should be subject to the benefit cap of £26000 per annum.

It has been suggested that CAP payments be capped at £260 000 per annum, and there is uproar from the wealthy elite that are the British Establishment. Instead they have just doubled the payments they receive for owning land used to shoot grouse. They plan to remove the right to roam, so the countryside is just for an elite few.

Quite a lot of the land that yields these cash subsidies (benefits) is in Scotland. Now you know why the British Establishment is so keen for Scotland to stay. Told Salmond wants to bring in a land tax, and extend land ownership to the commoners, the plebs like you and me, particularly the younger plebs who are now known as generation rent.
We live in FEUDAL system still, it is a joke. hopefully Scotland votes YES and ends feudalism in Scotland, it will give us a chance to end it here, we need to seize that chance, for the good of the people.

Reply Posted by Red Optimist on Friday September 19 2014 at 00:24
Have you had a drink this evening?

Reply Posted by Guido fawkes on Friday September 19 2014 at 07:15
They voted no I am afraid the media must have some sway or mates with land in bonny Scotland,they didn't carpe diem

Reply Posted by sid on Friday September 19 2014 at 09:01
Well Tom, I don't know much,but blumming heck! I have not one clue what your very well written post is about?

Reply Posted by dedatodd on Friday September 19 2014 at 10:17
www.depressionscrip.com/

In short, a local currency

Reply Posted by Ray on Monday September 22 2014 at 10:37
What a load of rubbish.

1. we don't produce anything in barnsley therefore we have no leverage people would be starving within weeks.

2.

3. Salmond was an idiot with no real policy. His stock answer to every we'll sort that out after the election, particularly economic policy. He wanted to be braveheart but was clueless, the whole yes campaign was driven by screaming nationalists that would not accept the arguments of the no campaign then claiming a no vote was anti scottish.

Claiming to cut 5k off the tax of the lowest paid and also increase spending on the NHS, putting the police force under the control of the government and demanding 13000 of the uks armed forces sounded a bit suspicious coming from the man who said he admired president putin.

Reply Posted by Tom on Friday September 19 2014 at 10:30
Shame Scotland voted no. Aye, dedatodd, local currency.

Reply Posted by Me on Saturday September 20 2014 at 08:28
Are our young ens really being disadvantaged or just cant be bothered? I just advertised a job in Sheffield , perfect appreniship type role good pay tho just want A Levels. 90% of applicants names i couldnt pronounce, people from Nottingham, London, Gahna!!?? applied but not 1 from tarn and it was on a readily available website.

Reply Posted by sid on Saturday September 20 2014 at 14:07
The exact same happened at my business @me. I had not one person from Barnsley apply for the job. Eventually an ex employee asked to come back so that was fantastic. Settled in nicely . I put an ad up for an apprentice mechanic too,no one bothered. Makes you wonder what's going on.

Reply Posted by Guido fawkes on Saturday September 20 2014 at 14:28
have you thought Me @ sid . you may have a bad reputation for treating your staff poorly, hence why local people stay clear.. word gets round..

Reply Posted by STEVEO on Sunday September 21 2014 at 20:55
@ Me, I dare say that a few of them are not bothered when they constantly have to run the gauntlet of the "employment agencies" that can hire and fire at the drop of a hat AND employment agencies that actively discriminate against our young uns by only sending migrant labour to client workplaces!
Asos, Symphony anyone?

I haven't even factored "zero / annualised contracts" into that equation either.

Yes some of them are most definitely not bothered and for those who have left school with qualifications, can you blame them? Really?

A day here a day there for **** wages?
Or to be actively discriminated against because they are born and bred in this town / country?

I truly despair at what our once proud town and the world of work in our town has become.

We have all heard about the "ghost vacancies" that are advertised in the JC too haven't we?

Reply Posted by sid on Saturday September 20 2014 at 15:53
Its not that @guido. My staff stay for ever, 20 yrs, 9yrs, the list goes on. As a thank you, I have just given one an extra weeks paid holiday,so no that's not the reason. We had flexy time before it was deemed to be the law, and I pay wages to staff who are having a hard time,deaths, hospital visits, funerals etc. We have an all round pleasant place of work. No argueing, very few leave,hence the ex employee returning, that speaks volumes. I'm with @ me on this one.

Reply Posted by sid on Saturday September 20 2014 at 18:29
No fret @guido.

Reply Posted by rainbow on Sunday September 21 2014 at 09:38
STEVEO and Ray are spot on, our Labour Council are incompetent which is the reason why we have high youth unemployment and lack of jobs in the borough. But while ever voters keep voting Labour the town's decline will continue.!!

Reply Posted by Guido fawkes on Sunday September 21 2014 at 10:32
vote LABOUR vote LABOUR. you have never had it so good.

Reply Posted by Guido fawkes on Sunday September 21 2014 at 13:02
Dear rainbow what can't you understand it wouldn't matter who we got in Barnsley is bankrupt llets rattle a few of steel industry although mostly Sheffield it employed a hell of a lot from Barnsley,coal mining gone,slazengers gone,tin factory gone, S r gents gone,council housing sold of ,in 10_15 years the flagship of retail in Barnsley will be gone marks and spencers doesn't make good reading does it .any one else think of place of employment now gone.

Reply Posted by Ray on Sunday September 21 2014 at 23:37
If thats the case then Guido, we may as well get shut of them, because we are PAYING for our council to attract jobs and industry, if they can't do it fine give someone else a go. Let another party have a try. Or even just some fresh leadership, we've seen how hard the gravy trainers will hang on though haven't we with the recent shaun wright fiasco, houghton and co are cut from the same cloth as him.

The definition of insanity is doing the same thing over and over and expecting different results.

Reply Posted by Guido fawkes on Monday September 22 2014 at 08:51
You said in an earlier post we can't keep going back to the Tories I am afraid I disagree with that, it appears to me that when Maggie created the attitude with the yuppies ,the young flash kids in the financial mile in London and profits came before a mans job the rot began,and the one that to me was the final nail was the selling of social housing,this to a local authority like Barnsley loosing the mining industry is so detrimental to its financial stability.to me the leadership in Barnsley council were blind over the generations to turn away from what we all know coal like oil won't last forever,so this is were labour showed its lack of thought to the future trying when the boom time was here to reinvest and try and attract varying employment to Barnsley,look at what we built in the 70 s carbuncles there all coming down.

Reply Posted by Ray on Monday September 22 2014 at 13:18
I would vote in a tory council next election, even if it was just to get the clowns we currently have now out.
It can't get much worse for me.

I just don't believe a single word that comes out of BMBC's mouth. When the going gets tough the tough get going. Our council bleat whinge and then pay the chief exec even more and leader even more.

Reply Posted by Nathan Kilner on Sunday September 21 2014 at 13:08
Stop the bedroom tax

Reply Posted by ET on Sunday September 21 2014 at 13:09
This council needs replacing with a new one, one that is interested in the people of Barnsley, not taking backhanders with their snouts in the towns coffers, lets all unite and get them out , a new broom sweeps clean!!

Reply Posted by MINECRAFT on Sunday September 21 2014 at 13:29
You narrow minded folk that think council tax only pays for rubbish collection, take into consideration everything else it funds......
Police funding
Fire service funding
Youth services
Libraries
Parks, open spaces and galleries
Leisure facilities, including swimming pools and recreation centres
Social care for the elderly, children and other vulnerable members of the community
Support for the voluntary sector
Planning and building control
Refuse collection, street cleaning and other environmental issues
Maintenance of roads and bridges
Traffic management and road safety
Parking services and control
Elections, registrars of births, marriages and deaths
Cemeteries, crematoria and mortuary services
Consumer protection
Economic development and regeneration
Community development services
Housing, including the provision of social housing, housing strategy and advice and services for the homeless
Housing Benefits and Council Tax administration.

So if you don't pay up, more cut backs in services! Simples!

Get off your high horses and get a friggin job! If you don't like it, move!

Reply Posted by Guido fawkes on Sunday September 21 2014 at 15:18
Dear Minecraft you seem to have a reasonable side to you how would you say the policy of buying your council house has affected the coffers at Barnsley council.

Reply Posted by Ray on Sunday September 21 2014 at 23:40
The reason council tax is going up is because our council do not make enough in business rates. Towns that do have industry and jobs are doing much better in the recession, hence the 25,000 new houses wanted by our beloved council. IT's so they can shore up the shortfall.

Reply Posted by STEVEO on Tuesday September 23 2014 at 14:33
25,000 houses that the large majority of people who live and work in this town cant afford, 25,000 houses that will ONLY be built on our green belt land.

Reply Posted by Debbie on Sunday September 21 2014 at 13:32
scrap bedroom tax and you shouldn't have to pay any council tax if on benefits. There is enough people having to use food banks. I am a volunteer at our local food bank filling forms in with them to see why they have to use us and all I keep hearing is in crisis through bedroom tax if they have to pay more council tax it's were going to see even more potherty councillors stop making expenses claims saved money that way.

Reply Posted by Guido fawkes on Sunday September 21 2014 at 15:56
Whether some of you like it or not the pensioners are going to have pay more out than they do it seems to me that when they get to 65 its me me me.

Reply Posted by Sammy on Sunday September 21 2014 at 15:21
Why don't people start asking why council bosses need to be paid so much put them on performance related pay things might get done then

Reply Posted by Ray on Sunday September 21 2014 at 20:46
Now then Sammy wouldn't that be something. If we did that they wouldn't be taling brass buttons up. You know who votes for their obscene salary rises don't you, thats right they do. From 2000 to 2010 the average chief executive council salary went up 100% that's including the years of the economic crash from 2007 on.

We're all in this together. Our Chief Exec Diana Terris was on 148,00 a year 2 years a go and you can see the list of her "achievements/failiures" on the Warrington WorldWide website.

She's also director of a number of companies so how on earth does she find the time to, it's absolutely scandalous

Reply Posted by STEVEO on Tuesday September 23 2014 at 14:36
Again, Houghton earned more money than the prime minister last year
#wereallinthistogethermyarse

NO council leader OR any leader in public office should earn more money than the person tasked to run the country, END OF!

Reply Posted by sarah on Sunday September 21 2014 at 17:10
My son has left school this time round and applied for 36 jobs in barnsley some apprenteships some proper jobs, he had 2 replies at no thanks, he applied for 1 apprenteship in rotherham and has been there 3 weeks so it works both ways if business people continue to ignore applicants do one will apply for their jobs.As for the council tax i would be happy to pay a private company to empty my bins instead of the council and they would get emptied providing muppet miller isnt on the board, the translation service for foreigners needs to stop that will save a bit and having the second worse education in the country some of the pen pushers in charge need to go too.

Reply Posted by sarah on Sunday September 21 2014 at 17:11
No one will apply thats supposed to say

Reply Posted by MINECRAFT on Monday September 22 2014 at 08:12
@Guido Falkes, I'm sorry to disappoint you there but I love my £250,000k + house. Guess you're just jealous! Amazing what a bit of hard graft can get you!

Reply Posted by Guido fawkes on Monday September 22 2014 at 09:00
Kilkenny tell that to the poor souls hanging round Barnsley who are a product of your selfish attitude towards your fellow brother and sisters on planet earth,if you were stranded on a desert island what would you need a box of matches or a suitcase full of money ,money is and always will be the root of all evil and old proverb but so very true.

Reply Posted by Ray on Monday September 22 2014 at 13:25
250 grand in London is it ha ha ha a hovel!!

So sad you have to tell everyone what you have is worth.

Reply Posted by john h on Monday September 22 2014 at 13:40
its probably a cardboard dwelling for 250k

Reply Posted by Guido fawkes on Monday September 22 2014 at 12:20
vote LABOUR vote LABOUR.. You have never had it so good.

Reply Posted by the real one on Monday September 22 2014 at 14:13
Has the record become stuck as you keep repeating yourself rather like cucumber darling Kilkenny please try and be more constructive one has informed you before on this matter on numerous occasions, and yet you decide to continue down the route of provocative posts,tut tut .

Reply Posted by Lisa on Monday September 22 2014 at 21:58
What I would like to know is how come 2people in full time work but 1 gets 25% discount for single allowance and earns more than the other person just cos they av an adult son living at home they av to pay full that's not justice either but heyho I just get on with it cos thes not a damn thing I can do about it where's the fairness in that rant over pfftttt...

Reply Posted by MINECRAFT on Monday September 22 2014 at 22:37
I congratulate you internet trolls for being such complete butt holes! I actually sat here laughing at your comments! Always a great reflection of SOME Barnsley folks virually non existent intelligence! Go take your mouths for a wash out in the toilet you numpties haha!!

Reply Posted by Paul on Wednesday September 24 2014 at 18:35
Does anyone no this council spokesperson, or is it the Labour Party just trying to cover there arses an provoke unease . Like many on ere keep saying stop voting for the Labour Party just remember who as run Barnsley council for decades , who split the wards up ? Who thought of the bedroom tax? Who said a multicultural society will work? Who wants Scottish MPs to vote on English matters ..I rest my case..

Reply Posted by Anthony Scott on Thursday January 28 2016 at 16:21
Barnsley Council are spending money on Barnsley town centre, which I can only assume runs into the millions. Yet they Have the cheek to moan about a short fall in Council tax £3.6 million. You are a complete disgrace and you are as guilty as this despicable Government for making peoples lives a living hell. Shame on Barnsley Council...Tory puppets.