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Tuesday, 11 September 2012
Reform council tax
A report by the Joseph Rowntree Foundation has called on the Government to revalue council tax bands to help prevent another housing market crash. The 2011 Tackling housing market volatility report suggests that bands are reorganised to reflect house prices and act as a brake on house price inflation. It makes the point that currently, a family living in a £320,000 house has to pay only twice as much council tax as a family living in a house costing £68,000, even though their home is worth more than four times the amount. The Foundation’s Kathleen Kelly said: “We need radical tax reform that would reduce volatility and offer a better deal to millions of households”.