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GOVT. MUST GO FURTHER ON FINANCE SAYS IRRV'S YOUNG

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The government's local government finance proposals lack 'fresh thinking', IRRV president Roger Young told the Inst...
The government's local government finance proposals lack 'fresh thinking', IRRV president Roger Young told the Institute of Revenues, Rating and Valuations collection and enforcement conference in Chorley, yesterday.

He urged delegates and local authorities to respond to the consultation papers and to call on the government to 'go further than it currently intends.'

'The two main disappointments are the lack of commitment to regular council tax revaluations, and the absence of proposals for additional sources of revenue,' he said.

The government may think revaluations are not necessary now, but they should be put in statute so that council tax does not become discredited in future, Mr Young added.

He deplored the 'missed opportunity' to explore additional taxes. 'If local authorities are to be true community leaders, they must raise more of their money from local sources,' he said.

'The long term future of local government depends on fresh thinking in local government finance. It is this fresh thinking that is missing from the government's current proposals.'

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