Mystery of tax hike

AS a pensioner who has just seen my Council Tax rise again, I would like to know how Huntingdonshire District Council can justify this continuous rise every year and what do we get for it? Rubbish collections have been reduced to every fortnight and, rin

AS a pensioner who has just seen my Council Tax rise again, I would like to know how Huntingdonshire District Council can justify this continuous rise every year and what do we get for it?

Rubbish collections have been reduced to every fortnight and, ringing the council to get several large unwanted items collected, I was told it would cost me £29 per hour to remove them, in spite of the fact that a lorry goes around the estate (I live on the Oxmoor) most days collecting fridges, sofas, beds and all sorts of rubbish that is dumped on a daily basis. But, when I asked the council if the same lorry could pick up my items, I was told I would be charged. It leads me to the conclusion that the council is encouraging fly tipping.

How do they think people on low incomes can meet these kind of charges and, while I am not saying special collections should be free, I think a more reasonable fee should be considered.

JOHANNA JONES, Armstrong Court, Huntingdon

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