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Environment minister Earl Ferrers told the House of Lords that he too had 'difficulty' understanding the complicate...
Environment minister Earl Ferrers told the House of Lords that he too had 'difficulty' understanding the complicated subject of local government finance, after Lord Stallard queried the accuracy and usefulness of his replies on the issue of council tax (OA 8 Feb col 330).

When asked how it was that large council tax rises were expected in London in particular, the minister informed that House:

'It is a fact that some council taxes in London may rise. Given that the total standard support, commonly knows as the TSS, has increased by more than the AEF and that SSAs in inner London are falling due to changes in the ACA brought about by changes in the NES, with consequent reductions in RSG and NDR, it is not surprising that council taxes in London may rise.'

Lord Stallard responded 'I nearly said that the minister's replies so far were NBG.'

Earlier the minister told the House that 'local authorities will be allowed to increase their council tax rates only by the amount by which the allowance for fire, education and other services has been increased in the rate support grant.'
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