John James blamed the government's strategy of 'cutting a penny off income tax in the budget and then to pay for the cut by reducing their grant to local authorities and expecting the council taxpayer to pay much more for local authority services'
'The secretary of state for Wales, William Hague, believes this tremendous increase is justified because council tax bills in Wales have historically been around 40% lower than in England. But this ignores how underprivileged large areas of Wales are in comparison with England,' he said.
'Nor has the Welsh office paid sufficient attention to the changes throughout Wales as a result of local government reorganisation since it appears there will be great differences in the increase from council to council in order to maintain the present services. It is expected that council tax bills in Wales will go up by 22%.'