Online Petition Demanding Council Tax Refund Hits 13,000 Signatures
Sutton Coldfield councillor, Alex Yip (Con. Sutton New Hall) is petitioning Birmingham City Council to refund residents on their council tax due to missed refused collections.
The online petition, which states “…We the undersigned call on Birmingham City Council to refund residents a proportion of their council tax for each missed household and recycle collection as a result of the collection strikes which started 24th June 2017”, has received support from more than 13,000 signatories.
Disruption to the service is the result of an ongoing dispute between Birmingham City Council and the Unite union which represents the workers who collect the city’s refuse and some of whom received redundancy notices as part of a Council reorganisation initiative.
The missed collections have resulted in large piles of household rubbish building up across the city with complaints by residents of rat sightings and maggot infestations in addition to the unpleasant smells.
Councillor Yip commented:
“Residents in the city neither have a voice or a choice in the matter, and I am determined that their calls for a refund for a service that they are simply not receiving be heard. I encourage people who agree to go to the change.org website and add their experiences to those of over 13,000 already.”
Birmingham City Council have implemented a collection plan in an attempt to keep uncollected refuse to a minimum. However, the plan has reduced collections for each ward equating to one per 3 to 4 weeks. It also includes the mixing of recyclable with non-recyclable waste during collections.