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At least then there was a real degree of localism and local democracy. Voters had the option to vote out the administration in their area. This Government, by centralising control, are taking away democratic choice at a local level. I wonder what the hon. Gentleman’s constituents would say about the report from the Joseph Rowntree Foundation, which shows that almost 2.5 million families on low incomes will be paying £138 more in income tax?