Corbyn ally wants ‘affluent’ to pay for council tax freeze
MIDDLE-class households would face a council tax rise of more than £300 to fund a freeze for poorer homes, under a plan put forward by a close ally of Jeremy Corbyn.
Chris Williamson, a member of the Labour front bench, suggested that councils could freeze local tax bills for people in “modest accommodation” and impose increases of between 20 and 100per cent for “more affluent households” in bands D to H.
Under current rules, councils increasing taxes by more than 5per cent have to call a local referendum.
But Mr Williamson suggested that the measure would be voted through because it would be a “no brainer” for households in bands A to C – while acknowledging that it would prompt “whinging” among some of those in higher bands.
Mark Prisk, a former housing minister, accused Mr Williamson of “using the tax system to pit one group of residents against another”. A spokesman said: “Labour has no plans to extend the use of referenda to set tax rates.”