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  • "My oh my but the IPPG must be getting rather desperate if this scare story is the best "spin" they could put out to counteract all the recent bad press they have been getting.

    The fact that its littered with inaccurate and misleading information is though no surprise as the IPPG are getting a solid reputation now for pedalling misinformation if not downright lies.

    It is much more complex than Farmer Adams suggests to calculate the potential increase to Pembrokeshire residents and what he fails to take account of is the large proportion of the Council Tax that is not in their control. When the precepts for both the Police and Community Councils are included the net percentage rises are considerably lower than quoted.

    Indeed the Williams report itself quotes much lower forecast increases and that is based on average CC precepts across each authority. But even this is misleading as it does not include the efficiency savings that will result from any merger. The reduction in Members and Senior Management for a start will save millions and that alone will reduce if not completely offset any increase in Council Tax that would result from harmonising the individual rates."
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Beware huge Council Tax rises for Pembrokeshire public if local authority mergers go ahead - council leader

First published in News

Pembrokeshire Council Tax payers would be forking out considerably more if potential local authority boundary changes go ahead, it was said this week.

Pembrokeshire County Council Leader, Councillor Jamie Adams, has compared the Pembrokeshire Council Tax rise of 3.4 per cent to what it have been had the council been amalgamated with neighbouring local authorities, as is proposed.

Councillor Adams said he regretted the increase of 3.4 per cent, even though it was the lowest in both cash and percentage terms in Wales.

However he stressed he was also deeply concerned that the people of Pembrokeshire should understand the financial implications of the Williams Report on local government reorganisation if it is adopted by the Welsh Government.

The report suggests two possibilities: amalgamating Pembrokeshire with Ceredigion or Pembrokeshire with Ceredigion and Carmarthenshire - the so called ‘new Dyfed’ option.

Councillor Adams said: “Had I been speaking not as the Leader of Pembrokeshire County Council but as Leader of ‘new Dyfed’, the Council Tax rise for those in Band D would not have been just 3.4 per cent but a whopping 26 per cent.

“That’s an extra £193 a year to Pembrokeshire Council Tax payers. For those in Band I it would be an eye-watering £450 increase.

“Likewise, were we to be twinned with Ceredigion, the Council Tax increase would have been 15.9 per cent or £118 a year.

“I think these massive increases speak for themselves and should provide food for thought for those who advocate local government reorganisation.”

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