Two thirds of all local authorities in Britain are planning council tax rises in the new year to cover the costs of ‘unexpected population growth’ due to immigration, it has been revealed.
The increases will have to cover the extra demands on public services, including schools, hospitals and transport.
Taxpayers are being forced to pay up for the more than 700,000 legal immigrants to have entered this country since 2004.
Over 80 percent of local authorities blamed changes in their population, including the massive rise in immigration when former Soviet Bloc countries joined the European Union, for planned council tax hikes.
Numerous reports over the past few months have warned that public services, including schools, hospitals and transport, have struggled to cope with the influx.
A new study, co-written by the Centre for Business and Economic Research, showed an alarming 67 percent of council leaders planned to bump up charges, for instance for use of sport centres or libraries, to make up the shortfall.
At the same time, more than half — 57 percent — admitted they could resort to cutting services. The report, entitled ‘The Big Squeeze’, found 64 percent of local authorities were “considering, planning or implementing” council tax increases to plug funding gaps.
A staggering 85 percent blamed rising populations in their areas for the increased demand — further fuelling the concerns over the impact immigration has had on towns and cities.
The report comes out shortly after economists also claimed the average council tax bill could increase by more than £120 because of town hall losses of nearly £1 billion in failed Icelandic banks.
Which means that in addition to subsidising the lifestyles of every sponger, freeloader, vagabond and n'eredowell in the known universe YOU will have to cough up more of YOUR money to replace YOUR money which was squandered by YOUR local government speculating with YOUR money in crooked foreign banking scams to line the pockets of YOUR elected council bosses.
Ready to vote BNP yet?...