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    David Burbage MBE was Leader of the Royal Borough of Windsor and Maidenhead Council from 2007-2016. This blog : Promoted by Geoff Hill on behalf of David Burbage and all other Windsor and Maidenhead Conservative candidates, all of 2 Castle End Farm, Ruscombe, Berkshire RG10 9XQ
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Archive for December, 2014

The burden of Council Tax for the bottom 30%

Posted by davidburbage on December 23, 2014

This TPA graphic shows how Council Tax forms a bigger bill than income tax, and second only to VAT, from the bills sent to residents at the lower end of the income spectrum. It’s pretty expensive – even in the cheapest Borough for council tax in the UK outside a few London Boroughs.

In the bottom decile, Council Tax typically* takes 7.2% of income away – for every £20, that’s £1.44 gone! In the next, 4.6%, and in the next, 4.0% – just a bit more than people pay in income tax at 3.9%….


Council tax is a pretty regressive tax, linked to property size rather than income levels, so keeping it as low as possible really does make a difference for those on lower wages or fixed incomes such as pensioners – whilst delivering excellent services, that remains our aim for 2015!

Hat tip to the TPA for this piece of research!

* somewhat lower in the Royal Borough of Windsor and Maidenhead

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Winning in Cox Green

Posted by davidburbage on December 14, 2014


Cllr Ross McWilliams

Ross McWilliams (pictured) won the Cox Green by-election on Thursday 11th December by a good margin. The result was very convincing – we polled over half the votes in a four way contest.

Names of Candidates Description Votes Recorded (E): Elected
Carter, Lance Graham UK Independence Party (UKIP) 278
Horner, Robert Labour Party Candidate 124
Jones, Gareth Peter Liberal Democrats 315
McWilliams, Ross Charles Conservative Party 738 E
Spoilt papers 2

We chose not to use this head shot because I said it looked a bit “cheeky” but given his win, I thought it would be worth showing now!

The LibDems tried really hard, put out surveys and at two pieces of literature, tried to make campaign issues of the Highfield Lane bridge, the leisure centres and other points but Ross was across all of these. Having been born and brought up in Cox Green, his local knowledge and the number of people who knew him really helped ensure his success, and will make representing the community much easier.

Well done Ross!



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