Submission Documents: Emergency motion by Councillor Jon Molyneux:- "Council notes the announcement on 17th October 2023 of proposals by the First Minister to freeze Council Tax next year. Council believes that the way the policy was announced at SNP Conference, without the agreement of CoSLA, was unacceptable and not in line with the principles of partnership, trust and mutual respect which underpins the spirit and letter of both the Verity House and the Bute House Agreements. Council believes that Council Tax is a local tax and it should always be decided by local councillors and that failure to respect this damages trust between local and national government. Council also reiterates its belief that Council Tax is an inherently regressive tax and acknowledges that freezing Council Tax disproportionately benefits those who are better-off at the expense of the less well-off, who rely more on local services. Council notes that the First Minister has said the freeze will be "fully-funded" but also recognises that there is not yet an agreed definition of what that means, creating considerable uncertainty for Councils in the context of their respective medium-term financial strategies. Council therefore agrees to write to the First Minister urging him to step back from this announcement and engage constructively with local government, in line with the values of the Verity House Agreement, to agree an overall, fair financial settlement which ensures Councils can autonomously make appropriate choices on Council Tax and funding for local services, in the context of the ongoing cost-of-living crisis. Council also agrees to ask the First Minister to guarantee immediate and meaningful progress on the long-overdue reform to local taxation by setting out a timetable for finally replacing the council tax." Help Icon

This is the list of documents available for the submission Emergency motion by Councillor Jon Molyneux:- "Council notes the announcement on 17th October 2023 of proposals by the First Minister to freeze Council Tax next year. Council believes that the way the policy was announced at SNP Conference, without the agreement of CoSLA, was unacceptable and not in line with the principles of partnership, trust and mutual respect which underpins the spirit and letter of both the Verity House and the Bute House Agreements. Council believes that Council Tax is a local tax and it should always be decided by local councillors and that failure to respect this damages trust between local and national government. Council also reiterates its belief that Council Tax is an inherently regressive tax and acknowledges that freezing Council Tax disproportionately benefits those who are better-off at the expense of the less well-off, who rely more on local services. Council notes that the First Minister has said the freeze will be "fully-funded" but also recognises that there is not yet an agreed definition of what that means, creating considerable uncertainty for Councils in the context of their respective medium-term financial strategies. Council therefore agrees to write to the First Minister urging him to step back from this announcement and engage constructively with local government, in line with the values of the Verity House Agreement, to agree an overall, fair financial settlement which ensures Councils can autonomously make appropriate choices on Council Tax and funding for local services, in the context of the ongoing cost-of-living crisis. Council also agrees to ask the First Minister to guarantee immediate and meaningful progress on the long-overdue reform to local taxation by setting out a timetable for finally replacing the council tax.".

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Item Minute - 26 October 2023 Minute Public Open Document in PDF Format
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