Letter of the week: Sunderland Council 'savings' seem to be a waste of time

Our letter writer raises questions about the 5 per cent council tax rise facing Sunderland residents.
Our letter writer raises questions about the 5 per cent council tax rise facing Sunderland residents.

My Council Tax bill dropped through my letter box this week and for a band D property it’s a whacking £1,549.70 after the annual 5 per cent increase.

Compare Sunderland's April 2018 rise to Scotland, where the usual increase is only 3 per cent, although Scotland does have its own government.

It makes the previous rates system look cheap.

How have you been getting on with the halving of the general waste bin collections?

Half of your rubbish is now two weeks old on collection day so how much has the council saved per council paying home/property?

Get ready for this. I submitted a Freedom of Information Request to Sunderland Council and discovered that in the year 2017-18 the estimated savings, based on 128,609 properties, is an annual sum of about £750,000.

That, fellow taxpayers, is a saving per year of £5.83 per property!

Sunderland Council’s garden bin charge is £30 for 17 collections, yet if only £5.83 per property is saved by removing 25 general waste collections, £30 looks extremely high.

Mr White.

Last week's Letter of the week: 'I'm sick of the same old football rubbish spouted by Sunderland has beens and never beens'