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'PRESCOTT'S COUNCIL TAX GIMMICK DOES NOT ADD UP'

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Commenting on the deputy prime minister's statement on the extra cash for councils announced by the chancellor yest...
Commenting on the deputy prime minister's statement on the extra cash for councils announced by the chancellor yesterday, Edward Davey, Liberal Democrat spokesman for the ODPM, said: 'In the cold light of day, the chancellor's extra support for councils will not make the difference ministers are now claiming.

'The idea that this extra cash will magically cut council tax rises down to low single figures just does not add up.

'Before the chancellor's panic move we were expecting average council tax rises between 8% and 10%. Yesterday's announcement is worth less than 2% off council tax, which would bring rises down to 6% to 8%. How Prescott dares to describe these rises as 'low single figures' beggars belief. pensioners will still face rises two or three times inflation.

'If the prime minister is serious about his description of the council tax system as 'fundamentally flawed', he has to go the whole way and scrap this unfair tax.'

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