Tax campaign gains momentum
MID-SUFFOLK Liberal Democrats want more than a cap on the crippling council tax – they want it scrapped altogether.The news comes as the number of people backing the Evening Star's Cap the Tax campaign and sending back our petition coupons reaches the 100 mark.
MID-SUFFOLK Liberal Democrats want more than a cap on the crippling council tax – they want it scrapped altogether.
The news comes as the number of people backing the Evening Star's Cap the Tax campaign and sending back our petition coupons reaches the 100 mark.
Mid Suffolk Liberal Democrats will today be proposing that the council tax is scrapped and replaced with a local income tax.
This motion will be being put forward at a full meeting of Mid Suffolk District Council at the council offices in Needham Market at 5.30pm.
Councillor Penny Otton, leader of the Liberal Democrat Group for Mid Suffolk District Council, said: "The council tax was a knee-jerk reaction to the hated poll tax. It was not thought through.
"We call on the deputy prime minister to replace the council tax, which is based on the value of one's home, with a local income tax – based on one's ability to pay."
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Meanwhile 100 people have written in supporting the Star's Cap the Tax campaign.
These people are all demanding that next year's council tax increase be kept to the rate of inflation, or else it should be capped by central government.
This year, council tax rose by 18.5 per cent.
N What do you think about scrapping council tax in favour of local income tax? Write to Your Letters, Evening Star, 30 Lower Brook Street, Ipswich, IP4 1AN or e-mail firstname.lastname@example.org