Council tax

The government announced today that there would be no re-valuation of council tax bands in England in the life of this parliament.

Such a re-valuation would likely have placed many residents in a position of having to pay hundreds of pounds more per year.

The last time council tax was re-valued was in 1991. The Labour government attempted to undergo a re-valuation in 2007, but abandoned its plans until after the 2010 election.

The coalition government is conscious of the fact that such an unpopular tax rise would be highly damaging to public support in an environment where public spending is being drastically cut back.

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