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Local Taxation

Part of the debate – in the House of Commons at 3:32 pm on 4th July 2005.

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Photo of Caroline Spelman Caroline Spelman Shadow Secretary of State (Office of the Deputy Prime Minister) 3:32 pm, 4th July 2005

The hon. Gentleman misses the point, in terms of what his Government have done to pensioners by abusing the council tax. One third of the increase in the basic state pension has been snatched back because they are having to pay council taxes that have been increased by more than the rate of inflation.