This week, countless disabled and vulnerable residents will have found out that they are now expected to pay 45% instead of 25% of the Council tax from now on.

Since the benefits have been capped, this is leaving most of them with a genuine financial problem.

Today I received a heart wrenching call from a disabled resident who is unable to work. He wonders how he will be able to afford the increased tax. I had to agree with him that this tax increase is so unfair.

We voted against this increase. We also proposed a hardship fund for people who simply cannot afford this increase.

Just like the Conservative government, the Conservative councillors are only interested in looking after the better-off.

We advise people to pay as much as they can, but to keep in touch with the Council about any arrears to avoid incurring hefty court fines.

The Labour group would have reversed the increase and would have set up a hardship fund to support people who are struggling to pay the increase, as set out in their alternative budget at the last Full Council meeting.