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MPs call for huge council tax hikes for southern England to reflect property values


Added 08-21-19 03:36:02am EST - “MPs on the housing, communities and local government committee - chaired by Labour MP Clive Betts (pictured) - said a shakeup of tax bands is needed to raise billions for local councils.” - Dailymail.co.uk

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Posted By TheNewsCommenter: From Dailymail.co.uk: “MPs call for huge council tax hikes for southern England”. Below is an excerpt from the article.

Housing committee chairman Labour MP Clive Betts (pictured) said councils need billions more every year than they are given by the Treasury, and council tax must be reviewed to help them receive it

Sweeping changes to council tax that would mean major rises for families in southern England were demanded by MPs yesterday.

They said councils need billions more every year than they are given by the Treasury, and council tax must be reviewed to help them receive it.

Some of the money should be raised by a shake-up of council tax bands, said MPs on the housing, communities and local government committee, which has a majority of Labour members.

Chancellors of all governments have put off updating council tax bands because such a move would be bound to result in much higher bills for millions of homeowners whose houses have gone up in value over the past 30 years.

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