A new study suggests that local authorities should be able to set new council tax bands to reflect property price rises. The six-month review, commissioned by the Local Government Association, recommends that councils should be given the power to raise local taxes as well as revalue all properties in their areas and set new tax bands. Darra Singh, the former council chief executive who chaired the review, said that there were huge anomalies in the system as the rates were based on property values estimated in 1991. He said: "The current outdated and unfair system of council tax has been identified as one of the major obstacles to the reform of local government finance. This is an inherently unfair tax and the lack of revaluation for the last 23 years has exacerbated that."
published in The Times,