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BIRMINGHAM ACCUSED OF SEEKING COUNCIL TAX WINDFALL

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A row has erupted within Birmingham city council over the target that has been set for council tax collection, the ...
A row has erupted within Birmingham city council over the target that has been set for council tax collection, the Birmingham Post reports (p4).

The minority Conservative group has accused Labour leaders of setting a 97 per cent target - rather than the 98 per cent supported by Tories and Liberal Democrats - in order to create a windfall by collecting more than the target.

This could amount to an extra£2m, which Tories claim could be spent before the next local elections.

But council leader Theresa Stewart rejected the charge. She said that council tax law prevented any cash collected above target from being spent on services.
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