Committee (3rd Day)

Part of Cities and Local Government Devolution Bill [HL] – in the House of Lords at 4:15 pm on 29th June 2015.

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Photo of Baroness Hollis of Heigham Baroness Hollis of Heigham Labour 4:15 pm, 29th June 2015

I understand that a revaluation would have to be revenue-neutral, and obviously it is up to the local authority to make the total proceeds exactly the same, so that if you get more from X you can reduce the imposition on Y. However,

I do not think that the noble Baroness should rejoice on behalf of local government for the freeze in council tax over the past few years. Obviously, it has helped council tax payers, but what they have gained by not having to pay council tax increases, they have lost in the social wage of the services that have been cut as a result. You need only go to cities to see exactly what that means when children with no books at home no longer have a library to which they can go because it has been cut. Their hopes of social mobility have, to that extent, been depressed. I think that was a much more contentious remark than perhaps the noble Baroness intended.