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REFORMING LOCAL GOVERNMENT COULD PUT£100 A YEAR ON COUNCIL TAX

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Council tax payers are intended to foot the bill for the costs of abolishing their own councils, a memo from the De...
Council tax payers are intended to foot the bill for the costs of abolishing their own councils, a memo from the Department of the Environment suggests, reports the Independent (p2).

The details of the memo were carried in Local Government Chronicle last Friday.

Today the Independent expands saying that the implication of the memo is that it would mean 'huge increases' in council tax bills for many of the 12 million council tax payers in English counties who would be paying for local government reorganisation.

In a separate document DoE officials say the transitional costs of reorganisation could amount to £1.2 billion and the best DoE estimate produced so far is around £29 million per county.

Robin Wendt, secretary of the Association of County Councils said last night that people must be given the opportunity to say whether this price for reorganisation is worth paying.
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