Whilst other local authorities are consulting on forthcoming changes to council tax legislation, Gedling Borough Council has decided to ignore the views local residents, and is preparing to implement changes without any consultation.
Instead, officers will present a report to December’s meeting of full council, which could be nodded through on the night, without any input from council taxpayers.
No details are yet available, but it has been suggested that the period of time allowed for a council tax discount on an empty property will be cut by half from six months to three.
The RLA is committed to ensuring that as many of its members as possible get a chance to have their say on council tax changes proposed in their areas, so the association is extremely disturbed that some local authorities, like Gedling, are failing to consult on the changes.
Whilst this process of decision-making is allowed under current legislation, it speaks volumes of how little Gedling appears to value the opinions of local taxpayers that is pressing ahead with these major changes without any consultation.
Date of decision
The RLA understands that the decision to implement any changes to local council tax collection will take place at the meeting of full council on Monday 19th December at 6.45pm. The report accompanying the meeting should be viewable on the Gedling Council website a few days beforehand, by clicking here.
What can you do?
There is still time to act – by lobbying the decision makers, and those in opposition.
Write, email or telephone those that can make a difference, and tell them (politely) what you think.
- Council leader, Cllr. John Clarke
- Cabinet member for health and housing, Cllr. Jenny Hollingsworth
- Leader of the Opposition, Cllr. Chris Barnfather
- All Gedling councillors
You can also contact both Gedling MPs:
Are you affected by Gedling’s lack of consultation? Let us know by emailing the RLA email@example.com.