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Local Government Finance

Part of the debate – in the House of Commons at 4:39 pm on 7th February 2018.

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Photo of Diana R. Johnson Diana R. Johnson Labour, Kingston upon Hull North 4:39 pm, 7th February 2018

The problem with putting up council tax in order to pay for social care is that some of the most disadvantaged areas have a very low council tax base. In Hull, for example, what we can raise through that increase in the precept is very small compared with the needs we have. Are we not moving back to the days when the poor were keeping the poorest, about which George Lansbury protested in Poplar nearly 100 years ago, by putting the onus back on local authorities in very disadvantaged areas?