The web link above will take you to a youtube video – “EU – the hidden local issues”
It is common knowledge that the EU is very expensive. It makes up a lot of bizarre rules, squanders vast sums of money on questionable projects, has failed every financial audit for the past 19 years, is anti-democratic and, effectively, unaccountable to the people. This film gives an insight into how some of these rules directly impact on local authorities and cost YOU serious money. But this is just the tip of the iceberg. There are many other directives that impact our lives at a local level.
1. Part-night lighting is a result of EU taxes on carbon emissions
The Cheshire, Devon, Warwickshire, Somerset, Wiltshire and Shropshire County Councils, to name but a few, have all had the courage to tell it as it is – so why not Essex? The truth is that from April 2013, Essex Council has had to pay the Climate Change Levy, an EU tax based on the amount of carbon used by the authority. This levy also applies to industry, commerce and agriculture.
2. Bins, bins and even more bins
Residents in Wickford already have green waste wheelie bins, boxes for glass, pink sacks for multiple-recyclables, grey food-waste mini-bins and black sacks for landfill. From January 2015, expect some extra bins; a new bin for paper, one for metal and a third for plastic, all courtesy of a new Waste Framework Directive from EU bureaucrats. 3. Extra pressure on local services caused by immigration
David Cameron talks tough on the issue of immigration but, while we remain an EU member he can’t do a thing about it. On 1st January 2014, 29 million Romanians and Bulgarians will have the legal right to come to the UK to work or just to make free use of the NHS, social housing or our benefits system that you, your parents and grandparents have paid into over many decades.
4. Local companies held back by EU procurement rules
If any Council chooses to advertise a contract, it must be listed on the EU Procurement website. If a local small/medium sized business tries to win the tender, it must go through this website to bid for the contract in the same way as big business or large multi-nationals. This seriously disadvantages smaller businesses, enabling large companies to stifle competition. Add to this the availability of a cheap and easilly controlled labour force and it is no wonder that big business support our continued membership of the EU? Perhaps one day the minimum wage may become the maximum wage.
The EU has more power than any local authority or even our own Parliament and its laws and regulations affect you directly and cost us all a great deal of money. Isn’t it time we restored sovereignty to our own country so that the British people can decide what is best for themselves instead of unelected foreign bureaucrats in Brussels?