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COUNCIL TAX NOT AN IMPORTANT ISSUE, SAYS PUBLIC

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The public sees local government and council tax as one of the least important issues facing Britain, according to ...
The public sees local government and council tax as one of the least important issues facing Britain, according to a MORI poll.

A poll of 1,000 people showed the most important issue was the NHS and hospitals, with 52% agreeing. Education and schools followed with 34% of the vote, and crime with 32%. Europe was less important with 20%, and race relations/immigration at 17% were the next highest.

Local government and council tax came below transport, and pensions and welfare security, with only 2% of respondents rating it as important.

But in an article for this week's LGC, Brent LBC finance director Stephen Hughes warns the planned revaluation of council tax in 2007 could have 'seismic effects'. For example, a revaluation could lead to a 19% increase to band D in London.

Mr Hughes suggests a change could make or break a party's chance of success.
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