Labour urge PM: Scrap coun­cil tax

Sunday Mirror (Northern Ireland) - - News - EX­CLU­SIVE BY NIGEL NEL­SON Po­lit­i­cal Edi­tor

MORE than 20 Labour coun­cil lead­ers are to­day urg­ing Theresa May to re­place coun­cil tax with the old rates sys­tem.

They want the gov­ern­ment to give lo­cal au­thor­i­ties back the power to de­cide how much to charge house­hold­ers.

Tory cuts to their bud­gets and coun­cil tax caps mean half of all coun­cils have made cuts. Eleven, nine un­der Tory con­trol, are strug­gling.

Greater Manch­ester’s Sal­ford mayor Paul Den­nett said: “The new sys­tem has never worked as well as the old. We have one of the most cen­tralised sys­tems for lo­cal gov­ern­ment fund­ing in the western world.”

Tories re­placed the rates with the hated poll tax in 1990 – a move that helped bring down then-PM Mar­garet Thatcher.

PLEA Mayor Paul Den­nett

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