Council to consider Voluntary Council Tax
I cannot expect to achieve much from the conservative run New Forest District Council when it comes to requests made at the annual budget setting meeting.
However, I think I achieved a small victory which may even result in a nice sum of money being collected to help protect public services, particularly those that support the poorest and most vulnerable members of our community.
I suggested that, when sending out council tax bills to the wealthiest people who live in the new Forest, they include an option of paying a voluntary additional amount of up to £500.
I know that there are some very wealthy people who have expressed a willingness to pay a little bit more tax if it means that things like community transport can be funded, or luncheon clubs for older people, or assistance for the homeless.
The idea has already been trialled elsewhere in the country.
I told members that we should be willing to adopt policies that have been shown to work elsewhere.
Unusually, instead of rejecting my idea out of hand, the conservative leader agreed to refer the matter to a panel of Councillors to discuss the details and consider whether it should be implemented here.
Fingers crossed, it will do.
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