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Labour pledges council tax review and softens stance on STPs

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Labour’s manifesto has pledged to boost local government funding next year and review council tax, in variations on a draft version leaked last week.

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As well as guaranteeing unspecified extra funding for councils in 2018-19, the manifesto included a promise to look at reforming the council tax system alongside a review of business rates.

Labour said it would consider options such as a land value tax “to ensure local government has sustainable funding for the long-term”.

The manifesto, which was launched by leader Jeremy Corbyn in Bradford yesterday, also softened two pledges made in the draft version on sustainability and transformation plans, which include proposals to close some health services.

The draft pledged to “halt” the process across the 44 footprints, while the final manifesto said Labour would “halt and review” the plans.

The leaked version also said a Labour government would “ask local health groups to redraw the plans with a focus on patient need rather than available finances.”

The official manifesto pledged to “ask local people to participate in the redrawing of plans with a focus on patient need rather than available finances”.

In another variations, the final manifesto pledged to “increase support for children in kinship and foster care, and their families”.

On devolution, the draft version said the requirement for elected mayors would be retained as an option, while the final version said Labour would be “guided by public opinion” on the issue.

 

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