Local Government Finance Review

Finance and Public Services and Communities – in the Scottish Parliament at 2:00 pm on 2nd December 2004.

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Photo of Iain Smith Iain Smith Liberal Democrat 2:00 pm, 2nd December 2004

To ask the Scottish Executive when it expects to receive a progress report on the work of the independent review into local government finance. (S2O-4296)

Photo of Tavish Scott Tavish Scott Liberal Democrat

As the member will have heard in the response to an earlier question, Tom McCabe and I plan to meet the review committee early in the new year to hear of progress in its work.

Photo of Iain Smith Iain Smith Liberal Democrat

When the ministers meet the independent committee, will they stress the importance of publicising its work and of inviting people who have views on the future of local government finance to submit their comments? Liberal Democrats are keen to put forward our view that the council tax is unfair and should be replaced by a local income tax.

Photo of Tavish Scott Tavish Scott Liberal Democrat

It is certainly our intention, when we meet the independent review committee, to ask its members about the mechanisms for ensuring that all who wish to put forward their views and give evidence can do so. The information on the committee's approach should be promulgated as widely as possible throughout Scotland.