Magazine article Public Finance

Welsh Councils Call on Treasury to Plug Gap

Magazine article Public Finance

Welsh Councils Call on Treasury to Plug Gap

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Welsh local government leaders are demanding financial help directly from the Treasury to plug the funding gap they claim has been created by a delay in publishing the results of Sir Michael Lyons' council tax inquiry until 2006.

The Welsh Local Government Association, holding its annual conference in Swansea this week, is calling for an extension to the existing transitional relief put in place following the revaluation that came into effect in April.

It says the move, which it claims would cost £11m per year, is necessary to ensure that householders whose properties went up a number of bands in the revaluation can continue to move up one band at a time.

The existing transitional relief scheme is in place only until 2007; the WLGA had hoped that local taxation reforms arising from the Lyons inquiry would take effect thereafter. …

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