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Council Tax Bills Should Include Efficiency Details

Magazine article Public Finance

Council Tax Bills Should Include Efficiency Details

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Future council tax bills will tell people how efficient their authority is, under proposals floated by the government this week.

A Department for Communities and Local Government consultation, launched on September 3, suggests that all bills should include the efficiency savings the council has made.

Information accompanying the bill would also give the average level of savings achieved by similar councils.

Local government minister John Healey said councils had a good track record in generating efficiency savings, but involving local taxpayers would spur them on. The government has demanded ?5bn in efficiency savings from councils over the next three years - worth an average of ?184 per Band D council tax bill.

Healey said: 'I accept this is a big challenge but am confident it can be achieved - particularly if council taxpayers are involved. …

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