Council Tax

Currently waiting for a response from Wirral Metropolitan Borough Council, they should respond promptly and normally no later than (details).

John H Hutchinson

Dear Wirral Metropolitan Borough Council,

According to "Council Tax Index 2019/20" at

WMBC Council Tax for Band D is described as being "Very High Tax" ranked 117th out of 151 Councils and Local Authorities.

What are the reasons that may account for Wirral's high Council Tax demand, please?

On page 5 of "Council Tax explained 2019 - 2020" at

under "Financial Summary" there is a breakdown of Levies, Precepts, External support (Less) along with an indication of how spending has changed.

How do these figures compare with, say, Trafford that stands at 35th out of 151, being at the same position above the lowest Band D Tax rate as WMBC's is the below the highest?

I note that Thurrock, which stands at 31st, and that Cornwall, standing at 118 are boroughs with seaport, fisheries and flood defence similarities to WMBC. What accounts for the differences, please, in their Band D ratings.

The explanations given by commentators on social media are that WMBC's high Council Tax is due to wasted money on such as feasibility studies and the proposed golf resort at Hoylake, settlement of early terminated contractors, poorly negotiated contracts for road repairs and street lighting, fireworks displays, lending money to other councils, consultants and high salaries for senior officers. I am sure that these are not the answers because all Councils face similar needs and costs, except for the salaries of senior officials that rank for WMBC amongst the highest in the land.

WMBC is facing the same level of cuts in its Core Grant as other local authorities so that cannot be the reason. What are the main influences on our high rate of Band D Council Tax?

Yours faithfully,

John H Hutchinson