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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

All this is taking place against a backdrop of uncertainty as we await the outcome of the Lyons review—a review commissioned to assess the previous review of local government finance. But the fact is that this Government have hidden behind reviews, sympathetic words and one-off pre-election handouts, instead of grasping the nettle and addressing the fairness issue that bedevils the current situation. I think that I am safe in presuming that we are some time away from another general election, so this is the time when—away from the heat of battle—we can really engage with the problems of local taxation and restore a genuine link between local taxation and local services.