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CALL FOR POLITICAL PARTIES TO TAKE ON IRRV'S FINDINGS

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Local authorities have come so far in the past six years since the poll tax period 'that we are at risk of forgetti...
Local authorities have come so far in the past six years since the poll tax period 'that we are at risk of forgetting how dangerous that period was,' IRRV president Richard Harbord said today.

There should be no complacency about the council tax, he told the IRRV's annual conference in Brighton.

'Council tax is better than the poll tax, but that doesn't mean the problems of local taxation have been sorted out once and for all'.

The interim findings of the IRRV's research in council tax bands support the institute's call for regular council tax banding revaluations. House price samples show that by 1 April 1995, over a third of the properties examined had moved far enough away from their 1991 values to be in a different council tax band.

Mr Harbord said that when the full results of the IRRV's research are published, in a year's time, he hoped the political parties would take the findings on board.
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