Petition Tag - west lancashire

1. End our looming student town funding gap

Student landlords do not pay for the local public services their tenants use because student accommodation is currently exempt from business rates and student households are exempt from council tax. Yet, student landlords have need of the police, fire and other services 365 days a year while their tenants generate much need of local council services, e.g. extra street cleansing, waste management, and environmental health demands (noise abatement and poor housing conditions).

West Lancashire currently loses £1.3million in council tax annually from student accommodation which is exempt from council tax. Presently, the Government provides a grant to cover this loss, at least in part. However, there will be no grant funding by 2020 meaning further reductions in local services. Inevitably, this will mean fewer street sweepers, more litter, and longer waiting times.

Students are a very welcome part of our community and our local economy, but live in concentrated areas of the Borough in densely populated conditions. This has a big impact on services in these parts of the Borough.

Student households should continue to be exempt from council tax, as students are on low (and loaned) incomes.

Student landlords are profit –making businesses, and should pay properly for the demands their business model makes on public services.

Therefore, councils should be given powers to bring student landlords within the scope of business rates in the same way that hotels, self-catering and holiday lets are within the scope of business rates and this petition is to be sent to the Chancellor of the Exchequer requesting this change.

2. Scrap plans for a £30 green bin charge

In 2015, West Lancashire Borough Council proposed a £30 charge for all residents for a fortnightly collection of green garden waste. Currently the service is free at the point of use - paid for through council tax.

Faced with opposition from 72% of residents and with local elections looming, the Labour council withdrew the proposal.

Now the elections are behind them, the Labour council have reintroduced the proposal to charge residents £30 a year for a green bin service.

The charge will lead to ten or more jobs lost at the council; increased burning and fly tipping of waste and even green waste ending up in grey bins and then going into landfill.

Our West Lancashire are completely opposed to this proposal.

Please sign our petition.
N.B. Petition closes this Friday morning, 30th September.

3. Cut costs NOT services and jobs at West Lancashire Borough Council

Fact 1: No other council in Lancashire has two managing directors.

Fact 2: West Lancashire councillors get an annual allowance of £4842 each a year - the highest in Lancashire. The Lancashire average is £3469.

Fact 3: West Lancs council needs to save more than £1 million a year. Your services and staff jobs are at risk.

If you agree that West Lancashire must reduce waste to protect services and jobs then please sign our petition to reduce from two to one managing director and to cut councillor allowances to the Lancashire average.