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PILOT POLL ON TAX TO DECIDE ISLINGTON REFERENDUM

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Councillors on Islington LBC have decided that a referendum on the level of the borough's council tax will only be ...
Councillors on Islington LBC have decided that a referendum on the level of the borough's council tax will only be held if the outcome of a pilot study of residents is successful.

The Highbury & Islington Express (p13) reports that pollsters will canvass 1,100 residents on their opinions about higher bills in return for more services.

If the experiment is successful, a borough-wide poll will be carried out in February. There is cross-party agreement on consulting taxpayers on the level of council tax bills, which are currently the highest in London.

Other councils have found that consultation on budgets and council tax generates a poor level of response, sometimes as low as two per cent. If a borough-wide poll were to be undertaken, it would be done by door-to-door distribution of a questionnaire, with answers being posted or given through a freephone number.

However, Islington's chief executive, Leisha Fullick, has warned that the£60,000 cost of such a poll would have to be met by further cuts to council services, as no money has been set aside.
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