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Friday, February 25, 2005

Council Tax blues

The Secretary of State for Wales tries to justify Labour's pre-election capping restrictions on local government by arguing that people are at their limit with regards to Council Tax increases. He is right of course, but as I have said previously, capping has been brought in specifically to try and save two Labour MPs in Cardiff and has nothing whatsoever to do with Peter Hain's concern for the wallet of the ordinary person in the street.

If Mr. Hain is so concerned then perhaps he will look again at introducing a local income tax, which at least has the merit of being based on people's ability to pay. His argument that it will lead to cuts in services has no merit at all. If anything services are being cut around Wales because of Labour's spending restrictions and under-funding.
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