[Mrs. Joan Humble in the Chair] — Unitary Authorities

Part of the debate – in Westminster Hall at 9:46 am on 24th February 2009.

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Photo of Norman Lamb Norman Lamb Shadow Secretary of State for Health 9:46 am, 24th February 2009

I completely agree. I made a point about achieving better value for money. No one wants to pay more than is necessary for good quality public services, quite apart from the fact, with which I am sure the hon. Gentleman would agree, that the council tax is grossly unfair and regressive.

This is a classic example of top-down, incompetent, politically driven meddling, which drives people crazy because they are not involved. The process has not been evidence-based; it has not involved the people; it has been a scandalous waste of money; and it ought to be scrapped straight away.