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Local Taxation

Part of the debate – in the House of Commons at 5:55 pm on 4th July 2005.

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Photo of Patrick McLoughlin Patrick McLoughlin Opposition Deputy Chief Whip (Commons) 5:55 pm, 4th July 2005

Will revaluation not be used by the Government to say that council tax as a percentage has not gone up? Following what happened in Wales, as my hon. Friend rightly demonstrated, many more people will pay far more, but the Government will still argue that the percentage raised by council tax has not gone up very much. In England, the amount of money that councils spend will rise, as will the amount of money that they take from people, but the Government will manage to argue that the percentages have not gone up very much.