24/02/09 – Council Tax Setting Meeting Report
Council Tax in Swindon will increase by an average of 3.5% for the
2009/10 financial year, after the Conservatives successfully delivered
a prudent budget in the face of Labour’s recession.
Cllr Dale Heenan, “The budget was opposed by the Labour & Lib Dem councillors,
whose amendments failed to add up and were all voted down at the full
While Labour Councillors voted against our budget proposals, I voted
for the most fair and affordable budget available. Conservatives have again delivered a Council Tax in line with
inflation, in stark contrast to Labour’s wallet-busting 42% hike in
just three years before they were booted out of power on Swindon
The Conservatives are making a real difference on Swindon Council, see below for the figures.
Cllr Mark Edwards, Lead Member Resources Budget Speech 23 March 2009
Thank you Mr Mayor for giving me the opportunity to present the
budget for the forthcoming financial year to the council chamber.
The Conservative administration, under the leadership first of Mike
Bawden and now Rod Bluh, addressed the poor performance of the
erstwhile Labour leadership we replaced. This budget will allow the
administration to continue delivering its transformational strategy for
sustainable improvement as we move forward. And it can be delivered
for an affordable 3.5% Council Tax increase.
Whilst doing this we also must make our books balance