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Council Tax

Asked about reports at the weekend suggesting that the Government was thinking of widening the existing council tax bands so that people living in bigger houses would pay more council tax, the PMOS said that it was important be clear where this story was coming from. A paper on this issue was due to be published tomorrow. However, it was a report to Government, not by Government. That meant that it contained no Government proposals other than a statement of existing Government policy on this issue. Any suggestion that we had opted for any particular course was plain wrong. As we had pointed out, coverage in the media yesterday had treated a proposal by an outside body as if it was either being put forward by the Government or had been endorsed by the Government. Neither was right. All the paper included was a range of options which needed to be examined in more detail. We were only at the start of the process. There was obviously much more thinking to be done on the issue.

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