A new charge for garden waste disposal doesn’t just affect homeowners, but they are right to slam it as a stealth tax on wealth.
By claiming it is only fair that people who use the service pay for it, the Labour-run council is cutting back on its core responsibilities and creating a two-tier public service.
Coming from a party that is currently debating new policy ideas including the four-day week, the move seems incredibly regressive and at odds with both Labour’s traditional principles and its increasing commitment to environmental causes.
The cause, as usual, is austerity, and the constant cuts by the Tory government to local authorities across the borough that leave councils, no matter what their political persuasion, forced to turn to alternative means of generating cash and making savings.
Perhaps, given a decade of cuts, it’s not so much surprising that charges such as this have been put in place, but rather that they’ve managed to stave it off until now.