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Council Tax set to increase

Wednesday February 1 2017


Council Tax is set to increase Council Tax is set to increase


COUNCIL Tax for Barnsley residents is set to increase by 4.9 per cent this year. 

Budget proposals by the council for 2017/2018 recommend that council tax increases by 1.9 per cent to fund council services, and a further 3 per cent to fund adult social care.

The council's cabinet will review the budget proposals on February 8, before making a recommendation to Full Council to formalise the budget on February 23.




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Reply Posted by Mr Reality Check on Wednesday February 1 2017 at 11:29
Well thats just F**king great. Less for more. OUTSTANDING.

More dog muck on the pavements, more potholes, more methadone for the wasters to make this a great place to raise a family.

Pay rise for the senior management as well?

Brilliant. Job well done BMBC.

Reply Posted by Resident of racecommon road on Wednesday February 1 2017 at 11:39
And they dont have enough money for a zebra crossing where 100's of children cross on racecommon road? The lollipop lady isnt there all time.

Reply Posted by Charles hemingway on Wednesday February 1 2017 at 11:51
This rise will be solely for Steve houghtons pay rise

Reply Posted by Rob Faulkner on Wednesday February 1 2017 at 12:19
Another way to milk the people why do we pay national insurance it's for later in life

Reply Posted by Fred on Friday February 3 2017 at 19:00
What has national insurance contributions got to do with council tax ??

Reply Posted by Mick on Wednesday February 1 2017 at 12:24
I only came to read the comments. This will be a good one!

*puts feet up with cup of tea*

Reply Posted by Katie Taylor on Wednesday February 1 2017 at 12:33
Well how about doing resulting some more roads then .Now you will be getting extra cash .

Reply Posted by The man with no face on Wednesday February 1 2017 at 12:45
It's a disgrace, they want you to work but never have anything to show for it, no wonder you get people who refuse to get jobs,

Reply Posted by Chloe! on Wednesday February 1 2017 at 13:01
As if working people havent got enough to pay out on peanuts! Fu**ing disgrace! !!

Reply Posted by Rachel Stevens on Wednesday February 1 2017 at 13:08
"a further 3 per cent to fund adult social care."

In other words, a 3 per cent rise in working people's tax to pay for layabouts too idle to work for a living. The vast majority of us don't use adult social care so why should we have to pay for it?

Reply Posted by Kim Whitmore on Wednesday February 1 2017 at 13:23
More than the cost of living rise I got from work. It's a joke. We should be getting a reduction after all the problems of bin collections last year. Get off your arse and make all the layabouts that can work go to work instead of tax payers subsidising it. If there's an increase of that much I certainly won't be paying it.

Reply Posted by The man with no face on Wednesday February 1 2017 at 13:34
I don't get why Rachel Stevens thinks it's to pay for layabouts, it's national insurance that's used for dole or sick pay, council tax goes to the council for things like dust bins collection or dump it sites and what ever els council Swander it on

Reply Posted by You Know My Name on Wednesday February 1 2017 at 13:43
if 3.0% of this proposed increase is to fund adult social care, how can they prove this and who will be held accountable if it isn't spent where it should be?

Reply Posted by Me on Wednesday February 1 2017 at 14:16
When BMBC allow parents siblings and friends of disabled adult kids to pack jobs in to become full time paid carers, dictating top dollar wages what they want which is considerably more than the wage they had.
Claim respite allowance to provide funds to enable at least two separate monthly all inclusive foreign holidays for all the family hows that respite break?
Thats after the parents have already claimed cash for bungalow to be made into a house from BMBC then that automatically leads to free council tax.
Thats gotta come from somewhere so why not put it out for us to pay LOL absolutely wrong when was last monthly all inclusive you had?.

IS THIS WHAT OUR INCREASE IS GOING ON ????????????????

Reply Posted by You to Me on Wednesday February 1 2017 at 15:13
It sounds like you have personal knowledge of a situation that sounds like it could be an abuse, or not!
If you are that bothered and seem to know so much, why don't you go the press so they could do a proper snoop around.

Reply Posted by pauline on Thursday February 2 2017 at 17:19
Is that right ME ive been looking after my son for years free gratis ill be in touch with em to get some of this cheers wish me luck x

Reply Posted by simon on Thursday February 2 2017 at 17:29
Sounds like the family i know about they know how to manipulate the system to get a fortune,while we pick up the bill.
i must admit woudnt mind two months a year all inclusive

Reply Posted by Eric Bailey on Wednesday February 1 2017 at 13:46
I think the 3% will be going into councills Pockets and the 1.9% will go into adult social care. Con Merchants.

Reply Posted by PEB on Wednesday February 1 2017 at 14:15
Paid National Insurance all my life and now you want me to pay again. I'm sure that this additional 3% will be syphoned off for some other use. Council need to get the basics right first.

Reply Posted by vote for change on Wednesday February 1 2017 at 14:20
While ever you all keep ticking the labour box on the ballot paper the donkeys will keep looking after the parasites and lining their own pockets. Time for change it cant be any worse.

Reply Posted by meHERE on Monday February 6 2017 at 09:55
Couldn't agree more

Reply Posted by Aunt Hilda on Wednesday February 1 2017 at 14:25
I must admit that I am against taxing householders via the council tax scheme for social care costs. The costs should be bourne by income tax based on income rather than the capital value of a persons home.

Another example of central government passing the bad news of tax increases to the local authorities rather than having the guts to put 1 penny on income tax.

Reply Posted by Council tax on Wednesday February 1 2017 at 15:04
It might help if people stopped dumping their rubbish everywhere and expecting everybody else to pay to pick it up. Oh I forgot they are usually the layabouts who don't work and get their council tax paid for them.

Reply Posted by Lola on Wednesday February 1 2017 at 15:22
That sounds about right, kick the genuine hard working people in the teeth. At one time working people had a better standard of living, not now though.

Reply Posted by Ames on Wednesday February 1 2017 at 15:32
Wow I am sure glad I got out of town! 4.9% is a teeny tiny bit ridiculous. Oh well blame the idiots who vote for a labour council. Corrupt and run by those who are only out for themselves. BTW don't blame those with drug dependancy issues. They are a victim of the system. Blame the poor mentality that has enveloped the town, leading to people thinking they can get something for nothing. Take my advice guys. ESCAPE WHILE YOU CAN.

Reply Posted by Aunt Hilda on Wednesday February 1 2017 at 15:39
The government have allowed all councils to add an extra 3% in addition to the standard 1.9% this year to pay for social care. See my comment above, just a tax on home owners. Should come from income tax in the form of the annual grant paid to councils from government each year.

Reply Posted by Council taxpayer on Wednesday February 1 2017 at 15:47
What do you mean don't blame those with drug dependency issues they could say no like normal people do. I was brought up with massive family problems but I didn't hide behind drugs I got on with my life. Addicts have only themselves to blame for being weak.

Reply Posted by Global gypsy on Wednesday February 1 2017 at 15:58
Where have you moved, that is so much better?

Reply Posted by apvm66 on Wednesday February 1 2017 at 15:57
From Barnsley, but live in Wakefield. Thought Wakefield council were bad, but Barnsley Council seem worse. They need to stop wasting money funding politically correct "minority issues" and start looking after all the citizens of Barnsley such as repairing all the potholes. Bet there are no potholes around where the councillors live.

Reply Posted by cant be bothered on Wednesday February 1 2017 at 16:12
its only a extra 50 quid a month for me.....more important things to moan about !!!!!

Reply Posted by resident on Wednesday February 1 2017 at 16:13
And nothing will change year on year while ever the Clowns in Red Rosettes keep getting voted in ,and unfortunately they will , we reap what we sow ,until councillors think they are in danger of being voted out nothing will change

Reply Posted by cant be bothered on Wednesday February 1 2017 at 16:14
sorry 50 a year......so not too bad!!!!

Reply Posted by Eazy E on Wednesday February 1 2017 at 17:24
I'm not like Robin Hood
Cos I want more
Steal from the rich
Hang with the poor

My pockets are fat you see
It don't matter to me
I feel like nobody is better than me
Is all that true
I don't lie
See I'm not mister nice guy

Reply Posted by Colette Wood on Wednesday February 1 2017 at 18:34
That's great! Yet another thing to go up in price with no benefit to myself or my family. I haven't had a pay rise in years, yet I am expected to keep paying extra money out for no benefit. Maybe Barnsley councillors should take a pay cut instead and use their money to pay for the increase. It's disgusting! Another blow for working people!! Well done Barnsley council!!

Reply Posted by John on Wednesday February 1 2017 at 18:39
I will pay what ever it takes but at least will someone clean up those used needles on harbour hills grass. Complained 4 times nothing been done!!!

Reply Posted by krisofer kasporov on Wednesday February 1 2017 at 18:52
4.9 per cent , that not a lot for me and my family of 11 living on benefits in your beautiful town, thank you U K , why work you English fools,

Reply Posted by Me, Here, Now on Wednesday February 1 2017 at 19:07
....and come the next local elections there'll still be a Labour council in Barnsley - guaranteed.
I bet Houghton and his bunch of parasites read these comments and laugh their heads off at us. They've got jobs for life.

Reply Posted by John P on Wednesday February 1 2017 at 19:12
Do not mind paying the 3 per cent ,BUT,will expect BMBC to be open and transparent at year end with full and comprehensive accounts made public of
1 How much the 3per cent raised
2 How much extra care was provided to real people
3 How much spent on management
4 how many extra jobs created to provide this extra care.
5 Details of any external people brought in to " assist" in spending the money.

Reply Posted by Lol on Wednesday February 1 2017 at 19:17
Think your selfs lucky it's only 4.9% some councils are putting there's up 15% like the government wanted them to do.

Reply Posted by Ed on Wednesday February 1 2017 at 20:22
This country pays 7% Of G D P to Foriegn Aid. Maybe we should be using some of this Money to fund the Social Care in this country. It's time we put our own house in order.May be we should do this at the Ballot Box!

Reply Posted by Lol on Wednesday February 1 2017 at 19:23
By the way you all know the council as only technically raised your council tax by 1.9% the government is to blame for the 3% as it's them that's changed the way the adult social care is system is funded.

Reply Posted by P on Wednesday February 1 2017 at 20:11
Why dont the council put the £15 they charge for a replacement wheelie bin into to the pot for social care instead of residents coughing up yet again. Absolute joke, the more money they get the more money they want & all we get is less & less year on year.

Reply Posted by Paul on Wednesday February 1 2017 at 22:34
Good put it up 20% really screw the idiots that keep voting for more of the same ****
This labour council has held this great town back for long enough
Why do they need money for social care they screw enough out of those poor old folk that go into social care that have any money

Reply Posted by John Williamson on Wednesday February 1 2017 at 23:54
Times are hard enough for everyone. So you do your best. I can see a UKIP council been elected people are fed up.

Reply Posted by Aunt Hilda on Thursday February 2 2017 at 04:50
I must admit that I am against taxing householders via the council tax scheme for social care costs. The costs should be bourne by income tax based on income rather than the capital value of a persons home.

Another example of central government passing the bad news of tax increases to the local authorities rather than having the guts to put 1 penny on income tax.

Reply Posted by Ray on Thursday February 2 2017 at 10:46
My question is will sir steve houghton and diana terris get another pay riseand pension increase this year? Also agree how will we know wherw the money goes?

Reply Posted by Just saying on Thursday February 2 2017 at 11:45
One thing I don't like to do is slag people's intelligence off but it's got to be said. It doesn't matter who is in charge the coucil tax would have gone up. If you actually read up on facts you would realise that the coucil has had no choice to put an extra 3% on top of the 1.9% raise to cover short fall in funding to the local council and also that the local coucil now has to fund adult social care due the government passing the book. And think your selfs lucky some councils are raising there council tax by 15%. Although I think all politicians **** in same pot and don't trust one of them who knows how much it may have gone up if it was a Tory run coucil. And if you think any one of them gives a monkeys about us your wrong

Reply Posted by Robdought on Thursday February 2 2017 at 13:48
I wonder how many people on this post actually voted irrespective for which political party in the last election and how many could not be bothered.

Social Care should be funded by National Goverment that's why we pay our taxes.

This will not better social care in Barnsley this year and the problemn will get worse year after year.

We should start by senior members of the council taking a pay cut and reducing councillors in the borough after all if services are run on very very tight budget we don't need all these rubber stamping envelope takers anymore.

Watch how long the WAB police leave this post on

Reply Posted by Sir Steve's mate on Thursday February 2 2017 at 13:54
There's a WAB police? Well, you live and learn something every day.

Reply Posted by Just saying on Thursday February 2 2017 at 14:48
@robdought wasn't that how it used to be until the government changed the way it was funded. And doesn't salarys for MPs come out of the central pot not local councils money

Reply Posted by Robdought on Thursday February 2 2017 at 17:45
@justsaying I'm not referring to MPs salary I'm referring to Sir Tory Houghton Calaminty Miller and co.

Last year local councillors claimed nearly £1 million pound from the local council tax pot.

There's no need for these failed individuals in these large numbers.

Every person in the borough has had to cut back and take no wage rises etc.

If this Labour council is for the people then they should start cutting back with our money.

Reply Posted by Stewnaylor on Thursday February 2 2017 at 19:16
Take off the elderly to care for the elderly ,brilliant idea

Reply Posted by AOL on Friday February 3 2017 at 12:42
You keep voting for them.

Barnsley Central:
2015 Labour 55.7% UKIP 21.7%
2011 Labour 60.8% UKIP 12.2%
2010 Labour 47.3% LIB DEM 17.3%

Latest local election
2016 Labour 61.31% ENG DEN 27.14%

Keep up the good works folks, landslide every year.


Reply Posted by Ann on Monday February 6 2017 at 13:07
4.9% is an absolute joke, cost of living keeps going up along with massive utility increases how are people supposed to live when most people's wages havn't changed in years. Come give people a break !!!

Reply Posted by Paul on Monday February 20 2017 at 22:17
Clearly some of you don't know what social care is.... It's not for people who don't want to work it's for those that are to ill or old to care for themselves....Yes I agree that we need an increase in council tax to cover this.....But if other services fail to benefit from the increase such as refuse collection and finds to repair or replace road surfaces.
If it ends up going in the pockets of councillor's I'll be the first outside protesting the council and demanding that the leadership steps down.

Reply Posted by John on Monday March 6 2017 at 18:49
Just got council tax for 2017 adult social care 3%+2%from last year added on is this ongoing. if so we will soon be paying more for care than council tax