Newspaper article The Journal (Newcastle, England)

Dogfight over Airport Cash; Bitter Exchanges on Use of Windfall

Newspaper article The Journal (Newcastle, England)

Dogfight over Airport Cash; Bitter Exchanges on Use of Windfall

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Byline: By Ross Smith

THE battle over tax in Newcastle intensified last night, with calls for a leading councillor to resign after he refused to use a pounds 14m windfall to freeze rates.

Peter Allen, Liberal Democrat executive member for resources at the authority, described Labour proposals for a 0% council tax rise in the wake of the one-off dividend from Newcastle Airport as a "gimmick".

But Newcastle Central MP Jim Cousins, who has led the calls, said Coun Allen had failed to consult on the issue and should stand down.

The budget will be debated at the civic centre tomorrow night.

The Lib Dems are proposing to put tax up by 2.7% - likely to rise to 2.9% when police and fire precepts are added - meaning increases would be below inflation for the third successive year since the party took control. Coun Allen said a zero rise would cause budget gaps in social services and street cleaning.

The airport windfall will be used to maintain roads and pavements, introduce 20mph zones and "carbon neutral" projects. …

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