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Old 11th Mar 2016, 21:07
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Gertrude the Wombat
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Originally Posted by cavortingcheetah View Post
But what this is, in fact, is a 2% mandatory increase in council tax with no public debate or recourse to discussion.
Well, yes, actually, you had a vote in the last general election.

What it is, is central government lifting the cap on council tax very very slightly, but only if the council then spends the money on a ring-fenced purpose dictated by central government. How long ago was it that a Cameron government "abolished all ring fences" in the interests of "localism"? - that didn't last long.

Real "localism" would be allowing local people to decide for themselves how much council tax to pay and what to spend it on, not having any of it dictated by central government.
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