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That is a very good point, which illustrates what I was trying to say. The Government, in a sense, set up well-run councils to fail through their system of targets and fiddle-funding of the central grant.
The local income tax would also ratchet up bills for hard-working families, especially those with dual incomes. A typical working family in England would pay an extra £692 a year, an increase of two thirds. Not only would the tax apply to people who have hitherto been exempt from council tax; students with part-time jobs are a particularly striking example of people who could ill afford being heavily taxed under the Liberal Democrats.