Housing Renewal Pathfinders

Part of Office of the Deputy Prime Minister – in the House of Commons at 11:30 am on 14th May 2003.

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Photo of David Curry David Curry Conservative, Skipton and Ripon 11:30 am, 14th May 2003

Does the Minister accept that many pathfinder areas are precisely those with a predominance of houses at the bottom end of the council tax bandings? If the rebanding goes ahead and a half-A or minus-A band is introduced, what will be the impact on councils of a significant increase in council taxes marginally up the bands? Will the nearly poor be required to pay yet again for the very poor?