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LIB DEMS LAUNCH 'AXE THE TAX' COMPETITION

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The Liberal Democrats have launched a competition to find the person who pays the highest proportion of their incom...
The Liberal Democrats have launched a competition to find the person who pays the highest proportion of their income in council tax.

The competition highlights the Liberal Democrats campaign 'Axe the Tax' to replace council tax with a fairer alternative based on people's ability to pay.

Liberal Democrat local government spokesman, Tom Brake, said:

'This is a light-hearted way to draw attention to a really serious problem.

'Council tax is an extremely unfair tax, hitting people on fixed incomes, such as senior citizens, particularly hard.

'With council tax, people who can afford it least are hit the hardest.'

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Further details about the competition and the 'Axe the Tax' campaign can be found here.

The full details of Liberal Democrats' tax plans will be released on 11 August.

The 'winner', to be announced on 2 October 2006, will be presented with a certificate commemorating their 'victory' and invited to Westminster to meet Liberal Democrat MPs campaigning to replace council tax.

The Liberal Democrats are encouraging people who believe that they are paying too high a percentage of their income in council tax bills to send details of their income and council tax to: the Liberal Democrats' local government spokesperson:

Tom Brake MP,

House of Commons,

London

SW1A 0AA

Email: braket@parliament.uk

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