More will pay... Your say.
Under the new system that Stockton Council is to adopt, 6,000 people who did not pay rates will now pay rates.
That's those on jobseekers allowance, the sick and disabled, as well as 6,000 residents who will now pay higher rates bills.
Early this year, he and the Stockton Labour Party pushed through a rates raise despite opposition from the local Conservative councillors.
The monies from this are not to be used, but put into Stockton councils reserves, probably thinking that as a lot of the Labour Party supporters do not pay rates, it would not harm the Labour Party in Stockton in any way. How times change.
So to those on the sick, the unemployed, the single mothers whose children will be a lot poor this year, don't look to Westminster, the villain of the piece is a lot closer to home.
ANDREW STEPHENSON, Elton