Tax cuts pledge by Conservative mayoral candidate

b12-1234 Jas Parmar Conservative candidate for the role of Police And Crime Commissioner. ENGPNL00120120511134748
b12-1234 Jas Parmar Conservative candidate for the role of Police And Crime Commissioner. ENGPNL00120120511134748

The Conservative candidate hoping to be Bedford’s next mayor has pledged to cut taxes if he is elected.

Jas Parmar, from Kempston, said he would reduce council tax by 2.3 per cent in his first budget, and abolish the current plan for a 1.5 per cent rise for the next three years.

Mr Parmar said: “Bedford Borough residents pay one of the highest council taxes in the country.

“The average band D for unitary authorities, including parish precept, is £1,274. In Bedford Borough it is £1,575.”

Mr Parmar said the reduction would be achieved by ‘good housekeeping’ and that frontline services or jobs would not be cut, adding he would ensure residents were fully informed about how their money was spent.

He said the Conservatives will present an alternative, fully-costed budget for 2015-16 to the council.

>> The above is a clarification of our report in the Bedford Times & Citizen of January 8.