Petitions — Isitfair Council Tax Campaign

– in the House of Commons at 10:17 pm on 18th October 2005.

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Photo of Desmond Swayne Desmond Swayne Parliamentary Private Secretaries To Leader of the Opposition 10:17 pm, 18th October 2005

It is my privilege to present the petition of Mr. Johnson, my constituent from Barton-on-sea, consisting of 210 signatures, on behalf of the Isitfair council tax campaign. The residents of Barton-on-sea are understandably incensed at the exponential increase in council tax over recent years that has taken no cognisance of their ability to pay.

The petition states:

The Petitioners request that this Honourable House do vote to replace the council tax with a fair and equitable tax that, without recourse to any supplementary benefit, takes into account ability to pay from disposable income. Such tax to be based on a system that is free from any geographically or politically motivated discrimination, and that clearly identifies the fiscal and managerial responsibilities of all involved parties.

And the Petitioners remain, etc.

To lie upon the Table.

Photo of Bob Russell Bob Russell Opposition Whip (Commons), Shadow Minister (Defence) 10:19 pm, 18th October 2005

I rise to present a public petition on behalf of my constituent Mr. Tony Constable, who is a doughty campaigner on behalf of the Colchester pensioners action group, and who in January of this year presented a petition on the council tax to the Committee on Petitions at the European Parliament in Brussels. His latest attempt on behalf of senior citizens consisted of spending one hour outside the Co-op store in Colchester last week, and he secured signatures at the rate of one every 30 seconds. The petition states:

The petition of the Isitfair Council Tax protest campaign

Declares that the year on year, inflation-busting increases in Council Tax are causing hardship to many and take no account of ability to pay; further that the proposed property revaluation and re-banding exercise will make an already flawed system even worse.

The petitioners therefore request that the House of Commons votes to replace Council Tax with a fair and equitable tax that, without recourse to any supplementary benefit, takes into account ability to pay from disposable income. Such tax to be based on a system that is free from any geographical or politically motivated discrimination, and that clearly identifies the fiscal and managerial responsibilities of all involved parties.

And the Petitioners remain, etc.

To lie upon the Table.