Power and Accountability ; LEADING ARTICLE ++ COUNCIL TAX
Sir Michael Lyons' long-awaited review of local government finance is today expected to recommend Sthe introduction of two extra council tax bands. This has prompted the shadow Local Government Secretary, Caroline Spelman, to warn: "The revaluation is now under way by stealth."
If so, good. A revaluation of the existing banding system is long overdue. It is indefensible that rates have been pegged to 1991 property values for so long. The most expensive homes at present pay three times as much as the cheapest. The differential should be greater.
The cowardice of ministers is to blame for allowing this reform to be delayed so long. Overhauling the domestic rates …
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