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Discourage unnecessary council spending to reduce council tax rises next year

Submitted on Tuesday 15th November 2022

Rejected on Monday 21st November 2022

Current status: Rejected

Rejection code: irrelevant (see below for details)

Petition Action

Discourage unnecessary council spending to reduce council tax rises next year

Petition Details

Amongst Town Councils and County Councils there is talk of new County Council offices being built next year, renovations to parks and play areas that could easily be delayed, cycle paths being built and many other capital spending projects which are non-essential and could be delayed.

Additional Information

It is not right that people are struggling with the basics of food, travel and energy costs when at the same time their council tax could increase to pay for desirable but non-essential improvement works and new office buildings for County Councils.

We are asking for the government to actively encourage councils to delay spending on non-essential improvement projects in order to limit the need for a rise in council tax next tax year.

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This petition was rejected

The Government e-Petitions Team gave the following reason:

We can only accept petitions about things the Government or Parliament are directly responsible for.

Decisions about how to spend local funds are a matter for individual local authorities, not the UK Government or Parliament.

We could accept a petition calling on the Government to restrict the amount councils can increase council tax by, to limit the tax burden on local residents.

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