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Petitions — IsItFair Campaign

– in the House of Commons at 10:00 pm on 14th November 2005.

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Photo of Robert Walter Robert Walter Conservative, North Dorset 10:00 pm, 14th November 2005

I wish to present a petition on behalf of the IsItFair council tax protest campaign in my constituency. I want to refer particularly to the lead signatory of the petition, Mr. Brian Jaye, one of the leading activists in this campaign nationally, who told me today that he sees this as a human rights issue, which he is prepared to take to the European Court of Human Rights.

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 Oliver Letwin Oliver Letwin Shadow Secretary of State (Environment) 10:02 pm, 14th November 2005

I wish to present a petition on behalf of many hundreds of my constituents. I have the advantage of being able to be brief, because my hon. Friend Mr. Walter and I are presenting the same petition in the same terms, although from different constituents. That is likely to be the case for many other constituencies around Britain. The petition is of course cast in the same terms and arises from the same concerns about inflation-busting council tax rises that are unaffordable for my constituents:

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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The Community Charge WAS a GOOD system being based upon users of the local services rather than the size of your home which uses none.

Many pensioners find they live in a home that has increased in property market values and are struggling to pay the tax on pensions.

The CC was a fairer system although possibly more difficult to collect - people move but houses do not!

Harry Randall

Submitted by Harry Randall