Petitions — IsItFair Campaign

– in the House of Commons at 8:28 pm on 9th November 2005.

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Photo of John Penrose John Penrose Conservative, Weston-Super-Mare 8:28 pm, 9th November 2005

I wish to present a petition on behalf of—[Interruption.]

Photo of Sylvia Heal Sylvia Heal Deputy Speaker

Order. Will hon. Members who are leaving the Chamber please do so as quickly and quietly as possible?

Photo of John Penrose John Penrose Conservative, Weston-Super-Mare

I wish to present a petition on behalf of the Weston-super-Mare senior citizens forum and the Winscombe and district senior citizens forum, of which I have the honour to be president.

The petition 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.

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I am afraid this seems a bit pointless, i noticed the house empty as the gang of three presented their petitions.

Still I'm sure it will be in the tory house magazine a.k.a The Weston Mercury

Submitted by bryan mcgrath

Photo of Paul Goodman Paul Goodman (Also PPS To the Chairman of the Party), Work & Pensions & Welfare Reform 8:29 pm, 9th November 2005

I wish to present a petition of about 50 of my constituents representing the IsItFair council tax protest campaign. The petition 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.

Photo of Andrew Murrison Andrew Murrison Shadow Minister (Health) 8:30 pm, 9th November 2005

I have a remarkably similar petition signed by 594 residents of my constituency. The petition 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.