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John Stevenson: Property tax reform is key to levelling up the country and the Conservatives’ electoral chances
Council tax and stamp duty are confusing, unpopular, unequal and unfair – so it’s time to replace them.
The removal of the precept, a virtually guaranteed source of income, could well lead to greater fiscal prudence.
We need to look seriously at how our tax system works and whether the burden is spread fairly across the whole country.
WPI Economics, which has been crunching numbers for the first, has also taken an interest in the second.
Harry Fone: Reserves should be used to limit Council Tax rises. If this isn’t a “rainy day”, what is?
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Offering extra billions to town halls from Whitehall, shows a reluctance to face up to tough choices.
The political will is lagging behind the economic case, but change will come and much better for the Tories that it is on their terms.
There is real anger in Stratford-upon-Avon as the number of empty shops continues to grow.
Councils should only enter into the investment world if they know what they’re doing. They must remember that public money is at serious risk.
“The Chancellor has passed the responsibility to us. Can’t complain.” Council leaders respond to the Spending Review.
Some welcome the extra power to put up Council Tax. But they are reluctant to use it when their residents are already hard-pressed.
The OBR’s horrid forecasts of an output implosion and soaring unemployment will do nothing to quell Tory resistance to tougher Covid tiers.
Law abiding local citizens face continuous harassment. Genuine problems caused by illegal activity are ignored.
Kevin Hollinrake: Replacing council tax and stamp duty should be part of the roadmap for a fairer Britain
The former, in particular, is exacerbating social inequalities. Instead, we need a proportional property tax.
We should be asking ourselves what we want from local government in the future, particularly in light of the Covid-19 crisis.