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‘Loony rightwing Councils in tax bombshell shocker’

03.24.09 | 2 Comments

It is faintly amusing to read that the Conservative Chair of the Local Government Association, Margaret Eaton, calling for council tax rises not to be capped by the government.

In fact her letter to the local government minister, as reported by the LGA magazine, seems quite sensible, in that it calls simply for appropriate flexibility for councils’ local circumstances, and I don’t have a problem with that.  It would be interesting to know which councils may have been lobbying for this flexibility and why.

Sensible enough though the letter is, though, I can’t help but compare it in my mind to the 1980s, when some Labour Councils, inclined towards large rate rises in order to protect services, received really quite a lot of negative attention from the press, and headlines a bit like the one above.

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