Council Tax and Second Homes

Part of the debate – in the House of Commons at 7:00 pm on 26th June 2018.

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Photo of Derek Thomas Derek Thomas Conservative, St Ives 7:00 pm, 26th June 2018

If every property’s rubbish was collected at the same time by the refuse collection company, that would reduce vehicle movements and congestion in our tourist areas, which are often not built for large vehicles at the best of times.

In summary, I believe that asking for council tax to be paid on every property would provide a significant boost to funds which could be used to help provide the extra housing a growing population so desperately needs and to ensure we have the services we need. One area has probably not been considered: we are concerned about our policing budgets and we have had many conversations in this place and in constituencies around the country about them. We have had many conversations about the support that local parish and town councils should have. If we were to apply council tax in the way I suggest, it would increase the funds available to provide these services to make our communities safer and help our towns and parishes provide the services we all want. I am sure that everybody concerned would welcome that opportunity. I thank the Speaker for giving me this opportunity to speak.