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Local Taxation

Part of the debate – in the House of Commons at 4:53 pm on 4th July 2005.

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Photo of John Butterfill John Butterfill Conservative, Bournemouth West 4:53 pm, 4th July 2005

Since I have been in this House, we have moved from the rating system, through the poll tax, and on to the council tax. People are now saying that none of those worked and we need another kind of tax. The real problem with the council tax, which was welcomed when it was first introduced, is the increased burdens that the Government have placed on local authorities without providing the funding to ensure that there is not a hugely increased charge to council tax payers.