Tories Refuse £400K Fund Raising Idea
I suppose I am not entirely surprised that the Conservatives have turned down my idea of a request for a voluntary donation from wealthy people in the New Forest on top of the council tax they pay, as a means of raising extra money to support services.
Some of you may think that they rejected the idea because it was myself that brought it to the Council.
We have some very wealthy people living in the New Forest who could easily pay a little bit more, especially if they share concerns about loss of some of the public services.
Government won’t change the Council tax bands so the only way we could get the rich to pay a bit more is by way of a voluntary donation.
I had the amusing experience of making the case to a special working group of Councillors charged with making a recommendation to the Council.
They all seemed to agree with me, especially when I pointed out that I had taken the idea from another Conservative run Council.
However, at conclusion of the meeting the Tory Councillor in the Chair proposed they didn’t go forward with it and they all voted that way!
Oddly enough, on the day that the decision not to proceed was taken by the Tory Cabinet, it was announced that the idea had raised £400,000 elsewhere!
Another opportunity lost.
I am really hoping things will change with a fresh new bunch of progressive minded Councillors next May.
If a Tory should knock on your door, do ask them why they didn’t pursue this policy.
It has already been shown to work elsewhere.
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