As the leaflets on Labour’s Bin Tax are now arriving on doormats, I have today emailed the Council to ask:
1. Why no mention was made of this in the Council Tax mailing and, instead, we are paying extra to deliver leaflets to affected households?
2. What the current number of brown bin collections are by a) Parliamentary Constituency and b) Ward and what you expect these figures to be reduced to following the introduction of the charge
3. The administrative cost (in cash terms and staff time) of billing, monitoring and promotion of the new charge as well as an additional sums allocated for dealing with increased dumping and fly tipping
4. the number of participating households required to make the service viable
5. What arrangements will be in place for residents who are unable to transport the waste to reception centres and cannot afford or refuse to pay this additional charge
6. How much you anticipate this charge will raise, net of the costs I have outlined above and any other costs I have not mentioned?
7. (as suggested by a reader and following on from Cllr. Chris Blakeley spotting it): How was the leaflet done, dusted and dated on 31st Jan 2013 when the Council meeting to consider the What Really Matters consultation (which specifically asked a question about Brown Bins) wasn’t until the 7th February?