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Thetford council join fight for district tax grant

16:51 03 February 2014

Norfolk County Council tax bill. Picture: Denise Bradley

Norfolk County Council tax bill. Picture: Denise Bradley

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Thetford Town Council is the latest authority to join the fight against Breckland Council’s decision to axe a £305,000 Government support grant.

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The town council is £85,000 worse off after the district council decided to not pass on the Council Tax Support Grant to town and parish councils.

The money was issued to smaller councils last year to compensate for changes in the council tax benefit system.

But while that money was specifically allocated for 2013/14, this year councillors are under no legal obligation to pass the money on.

This week, Swanton Morley Parish Council stood up against the plans, with chairman Roger Atterwill writing to Michael Wassell, council leader, and expressing “deep concern” with the decision.

That stand was applauded by councillors at last Tuesday’s meeting of Thetford Town Council, where members agreed to write to Breckland with similar concerns.

Terry Jermy, town and district councillor, told the meeting that although Breckland were not obliged to pass on the money, that had been the intention of central government.

The town council has written to the Department for Communities and Local Government (DCLG) to ask about the intentions for the grant.

A reply from Peter J Reilly, from the DCLP, said the district council should have worked with town councils to establish how much of the money should have been passed on.

Terry Lamb, town and district councillor, said: “It does seem as though Breckland Council are taking money they should be passing on and it’s telling that even a very little council such as Swanton Morley is willing to take up cudgels over this matter.” he said.

The council agreed to write to MPs to gather support and to Breckland Council to register their concerns.

Do you think the town council are right to fight for the grant? Email reporter Andrew Fitchett on andrew.fitchett@archant.co.uk

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4 comments

  • Terry Jermy is a Breckland district and a Thetford town councillor? Then who is he going to write to? Himself? Surely one person cannot represent both interests?

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    outspoken

    Tuesday, February 4, 2014

  • Good luck Swanton Morley go for the jugular !! but them I have my own axe to grind I am anti Wassell in every shape & form. A rude & insulting letter sent to me from Wassell still needs addressing. Now if Swanton Morley were to ask Watton Town Council for their support, bearing in mind Wassell is on W.T.C. that would be a laugh as, in my opinion, there is only 3 Councillors out of 14 that have any back bone at all, so the great majority of W.T.C.haven't got the guts to speak up to high & mighty Wassell. It would make for an interesting council meeting, but knowing W.T.C. it would all go below the line. They even put the discussion of Christmas Cards below the line, such secrecy is just not healthy, but that is W.T.C. for you.

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    Sandra Osborn

    Thursday, February 6, 2014

  • And he is a County Councillor. But Terry is one of those rare unicorn like creatures. A councillor who is interested in representing the people. And the people of Thetford are getting a very raw deal from Breckland so Terry wont be sitting back. He leads by example. Good luck to all the towns and villages who have been sold short by Breckland. Get together and fight this dreadful behaviour by the ruling junta on Breckland District Council.

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    alecto

    Wednesday, February 5, 2014

  • Interesting. My favourable comment about a Labour councillor has been removed. What do you make of that Sherlock?

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    alecto

    Thursday, February 6, 2014

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