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Local Taxation

Part of the debate – in the House of Commons at 4:40 pm on 4th July 2005.

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Photo of Alan Whitehead Alan Whitehead Labour, Southampton, Test 4:40 pm, 4th July 2005

I only had 10 minutes, and I am afraid that I cannot give way any more.

In other words, a lot more money will have to be put in from the centre to keep the whole rickety show on the road. The truth is that, as the balance of funding review said, a local tax derived from property that is difficult to evade, relatively straightforward and cheap and simple to collect is probably the best way forward for local taxation. However, it requires several changes that reflect how taxation can be affordable, how the gearing process works, how the business community relates to local government in terms of paying for it, and how the palette of taxes might be broadened in order to make that whole burden bearable. The balance of funding—