Magazine article Public Finance

CIPFA Calls for Reform of Council Tax in Scotland

Magazine article Public Finance

CIPFA Calls for Reform of Council Tax in Scotland

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A modern and progressive property tax should underpin future local government funding in Scotland, according to leading finance directors.

The proposal comes from CIPFA in Scotland and the institute's directors of finance section and has been seen by Public Finance.

It is contained in a joint submission to the Institute of Revenues Rating and Valuation, which is conducting an inquiry into local taxation.

The inquiry, launched last September, is the latest attempt by the revenue and finance profession to find a solution to the problem of local taxation.

This follows the Scottish Government's decision to shelve plans for a local income tax because of a lack of support from opposition parties.

CIPFA and the group of finance directors have concluded that a modernised system of local taxation should be based on a reformed council tax that is more accountable, better understood and updated through regular revaluations.

An improved system of benefits should be introduced and options linked to housing policy should be tested to assist pensioners who are 'asset rich' but 'income poor*.

The number of tax bands should also be extended to make the system fairer, CIPFA believes. …

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