Councillor Steve Tulley has been suspended from the Labour Party for standing up against a ‘thieving’ district council.
Coun Tulley voted against the Labour budget as he disagreed with a decision that meant a council tax support grant would not be passed on to town parishes, including in Normanton and Walton, despite government guidance to the contrary. He was suspended indefinitely on Monday.
Coun Tulley said: “How can councillors sleep well at night knowing they are part and parcel of a decision making process that robs our communities? It is tantamount to thieving.”
The council has been told by the government that it must explain its decision to taxpayers. The grant is worth £20,100 to Normanton Town Council, which raised its precept by 18 per cent last year, and £1,900 to Walton Parish Council, which saw an increase of 6.4 per cent.
Coun Graham Stokes, cabinet member for corporate performance, said: “We advised councils last year that the funding was not likely to be forthcoming for 2014–15 and a number of them raised their precepts and put money into reserves in preparation for this.”