Many busy people only get a bin collection from their Council. They don’t have children at school, are not around when many of the leisure facilities are open and don’t need social services. Of course we benefit from others using these services and should be pleased that people in need and pain can get help. However, it does make the Council Tax bill even more unpalatable if the one service you have to use is only available fortnightly.
We are now told weekly bin collections are too dear. Why is it that bit of spending that some Councils think is over the top, the one bit that many taxpayers can see and support? Why can’t they cut out the many types of spending that annoy us – all the busy body interfering, the high overheads, the endless changes to the road space. Localism apparently requires that the government allows Councils to decide the standard of bin collections. So be it. Some of us think just a weekly collection is poor, and will be distinctly unimpressed if the weekly bin collection now heads the list of visible and unpopular cuts which recommend itself to Councils out to make a political point.