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LABOUR CRITICISED FOR COUNCIL TAX FIGURES BY THINK TANK

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The Institute for Fiscal Studies, and independent think- tank, said yesterday that Labour's comparison of council t...
The Institute for Fiscal Studies, and independent think- tank, said yesterday that Labour's comparison of council tax bills was misleading, reports the Financial Times (p11).

Labours calculations apparently compare average tax bills under different councils, rather than the government's figures which compare the charge paid by taxpayers in a particular band.

The deputy director of the institute, Stephen Smith, said the average bill in Labour's calculations 'may be higher not because of higher charges but because the average house is worth more.

'Labour councils are often in areas with low value property,' he continued.
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