A standard 5% increase in fees and charges has Rhondda Cynon Taf Council lost its Way?
Rhondda Cynon Taf Council intend to put up basic charges some that were included in our council tax previously Rhondda Cynon Taf Council is a council that is forever complaining it is short of money for basic public services but seems to have millions for pet projects at the expense of basic public services.
RCT Council leader warned in August that his local authority will get to a point where it will only do what it legally has to do.
The council-cutting and increasing payment for public services despite sitting on £270 million in useable reserves, is without providing the following contributions that have been made by Rhondda Cynon Taf County Borough Council to the Cardiff Capital Region City Deal to date: £7,141,241 Total.
Has this council lost its way in what its purpose is for working for its residents to help keep costs down? Why is this council diverging into other things besides doing what a local council has responsibility for?
Local government is responsible for a range of vital services for people and businesses in defined areas. Among them are well-known functions such as social care, schools, housing and planning and waste collection, but also lesser-known ones such as licensing, business support, registrar services and pest control.
So why did RCTC with other councils spend millions on an £8m deal to buy Aberthaw Power Station the city region, the deal made up of the 10 local authorities of South East Wales, has bought the decommissioned former coal-powered station and nearly 500 acres of land, from energy giant RWE in a £8m deal (plus VAT). Funded by the CCR’s £1.2bn City Deal, it has committed a further £30.4m to demolish the power plant and fund remediation and redevelopment work.
All this money to buy Aberthaw Power Station and then to go and say RCTC have a shortfall and residents will have to pay more for basic public services and I expect our council tax will be put up be 5% or more. There is no opposition to RCT Council Labour rule just like the Welsh Senedd one-party dictatorships are governments in which a single political party dominates politics.
RHONDDA CYNON TAF COUNTY BOROUGH COUNCIL
CABINET MEETING 24th JANUARY 2024 COUNCIL FEES AND CHARGES PROPOSALS 2024/25PURPOSE OF THE REPORT
1.1 The purpose of this report is to set out:
• Proposed revisions to Council fees and charges levels for the 2024/25 financial year to be consulted on as part of phase 2 of the 2024/25 budget consultation process (with the proposed revisions to be effective from 1st April 2024 or as soon as is practicable thereafter);
• Details of fees and charges decisions previously approved and to be included in the
2024/25 proposed Budget Strategy; and
• A proposed update to the Council’s Street Trade License Scheme and proposed arrangements around the implementation of future changes to the maximum level of