Plans by the Lib Dems to make residents pay an extra £35 to collect their bins will come as a huge shock to most residents, Sefton Central Labour MP Bill Esterson warned this week.
The new Lib Dem policy was announced by a senior Lib Dem minister at an important parliamentary committee and is despite recent claims by the Lib Dems that they opposed such a policy in Sefton.
At the Public Accounts Committee, David Laws who attends cabinet with Nick Clegg and David Cameron told shocked MPs that he believed councils should charge extra for the collection of bins, even though people already pay council tax for the service. The move came following the massive cuts in government grants to councils like Sefton where there are large areas of deprivation and it is after the Lib Dems admitted themselves that the cuts had hit the north while leaving places like Surrey and the rest of the South largely unscathed.
The new Lib Dem policy is also a reversal of what the Lib Dems had claimed in Sefton where they said they opposed a new bin tax.
Labour MP, Bill Esterson said: "It seems that the Lib Dems have come clean on the bin tax.
"I said all along that the idea of charging extra to collect our bins was a government policy. The announcement by a senior Lib Dem member of the government that councils should charge extra to collect your bins shows that it was Lib Dem policy all along.
"And of course the huge cuts which have hit us in Maghull, in Aintree, in Crosby and in Formby have been fully supported by the Lib Dems all along.
"At least Mr Laws is admitting just how bad the cuts have been in Sefton, although it has taken the Lib Dems four years to own up to their responsibility for making the cuts. You already pay for having your bins collected. Now the Lib Dems want to tax you again for the privilege.
"Last year they said they were against a bin tax. This year they are in favour. We heard something similar with student fees and VAT increases of course and then there is the privatisation of NHS services.
"The worry is that a new bin tax will lead to more fly tipping as £35 is a lot of money to collect your bin when you are already struggling to make ends meet as many people are.
"We know that people in Merseyside are £1,600 a year worse off since the Lib Dems started propping up the Tory government. A bin tax will just make matters worse, but I am afraid that is what you will get if the Lib Dems have their way in Sefton."