Magazine article Public Finance

Council Tax 'Risks Becoming Discredited without Reform'

Magazine article Public Finance

Council Tax 'Risks Becoming Discredited without Reform'

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Local authority finance experts have warned of 'serious consequences' if the status quo is maintained for council tax in England.

Tony Travers, director of the Greater London Group at the London School of Economics, said there was fear among politicians about reforming council tax, but since its early 'unlikely success' its popularity had waned.

Speaking at a Local Government Association conference on September 17, Travers warned: 'If revaluation never takes place then council tax will become discredited.

'There are three key potential reforms: introducing additional council tax bands, to have more regular revaluation and improve the payment of benefits,' he said.

The government has effectively ruled out revaluing the 1991 property valuations, on which council tax is based, until at least 201 1. Steve Jones, LGA director of finance and performance, said this had quite serious consequences'. …

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