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Labour’s council tax rise could cost families an extra £1,500-a-year

30-04-2019

A TAX hike blueprint masterminded by Jeremy Corbyn’s town hall chiefs could cost families an extra £1500 a year, the Tories claimed.

Labour bigwigs are willing to rip-up rules which stop unwanted rises in council taxes being imposed on families, a dossier shows.

The levy plan detailed in a 72-page dossier drawn up by local government bosses for ‘Day One’ of a Corbyn-led government - which comes ahead of Thursday’s local elections.

The document states the agenda “should include immediate abolition of the council tax referendum limit” in a section written by Sharon White, leader of Stevenage Council, Herts.

It adds that there will be “increased powers to levy higher council tax on empty homes, and the ability to look at local taxes such as land value tax”.

The plan would be to remove the right for local residents to veto high rises under the Localism Act 2011 through a binding local referendum.

The Tories, who could lose more than 1,000 seats across the country, say the plan could see tax rises by nearly 13 per cent which happened under Labour in 2003.

They say on that basis average bills would go up by £226 on a typical Band D home in England – which would shoot up by £1,460 after five years.

Labour have yet to unveil detailed plans for the ‘garden tax’ but it could move home owners up a council tax band costing families £435 a year extra, the Tories say.

The plans were unveiled by the Local Government Association Labour Group which represents councillors across the country.

Tory party chairman Brandon Lewis MP said: “The last Labour Government doubled your council tax, and a Corbyn-led Government would do the same.

“Labour want to rip away the right we introduced for local taxpayers to veto excessive council tax rises, forcing up bills, and throw in an extra garden levy on top.

“Once again, Labour’s plans would hit hardworking families in the pocket.

“Council tax in Conservative councils is on average £93 less on a typical Band D home than in Labour councils and £137 less than in Liberal Democrat councils.

“Up and down the country, it’s Conservative councillors and councils who have a proven record of managing taxpayers’ money wisely and providing better local services.”

A Labour Party spokesperson, said: “The Local Government Association publication does not represent Labour Party policy or priorities but we welcome local government leaders thinking about policy ideas for the future.”

Shadow Communities Secretary Andrew Gwyne, writing in the “On Day One” dossier, says that “the future of our country cannot be formulated by politicians in Westminster”.

He adds that it “needs to be built in partnership with local leaders and local people, in towns, cities, and counties across the country”.

Source: The Sun