We need your support to keep TheyWorkForYou running and make sure people across the UK can continue to hold their elected representatives to account.

Donate to our crowdfunder

Local Taxation

Part of the debate – in the House of Commons at 4:00 pm on 4th July 2005.

Alert me about debates like this

Photo of David Miliband David Miliband Minister of State (Communities and Local Government), Office of the Deputy Prime Minister 4:00 pm, 4th July 2005

Will the hon. Gentleman just let me make this point?

The Government's help in the form of a £200 contribution to the cost of council tax goes to 6.2 million pensioner households, nearly twice as many as would be covered by the Opposition's proposal, which excludes many pensioners because they do not live with other over-65s. Less than one quarter of pensioners would get the £500 of which the Opposition boast. In fact, the majority would get less than the £200 that is delivered under our proposals.