Council Tax bills in Labour Gateshead continued to soar above Liberal Democrat Newcastle as budgets were fixed this spring. Once again, residents in Newcastle will face a below inflation Council Tax increase (2.7%) while people in Gateshead again pay more (3.5%)
The result is that Gateshead residents now pay nearly £75 more for life under Labour than Newcastle residents pay under the Liberal Democrats, a reverse of the situation three years ago when Labour was last in power on both sides of the river and people in Newcastle paid more.
Newcastle Council’s budget supremo Councillor Peter Allen said, “For the third year in a row the rise in Newcastle's council tax is below inflation. In 2004, Newcastle had one of the highest council tax rates in the country. Next year we will be 76th highest - this is one league table we are happy to be dropping down.”
Gateshead however has the fourth highest Council Tax in England.