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REVENUES CHIEF WARNS AGAINST COMPLACENCY OVER COUNCIL TAX

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A warning against adopting a complacent attitude toward the council tax came today from John Charman making the ope...
A warning against adopting a complacent attitude toward the council tax came today from John Charman making the opening as president of the Institute of Revenues, Ratings and Valuation at its annual conference in Torquay.

Mr Charman said: ''I don't think that anybody particularly loves the council tax. It is by no means a perfect tax. Its hold on the public is at best fragile. It could easily be upset if, for example, transitional relief which has cushioned the impact of the introduction of the tax, particularly in the south of England is removed too early.

'We must also be careful of not regarding the council tax a s a package in which every element has to be acceptable and remains dogmatically unchanged.'

Mr Charman went on to say that the IRRV believes there are elements in the council tax which it believes are unnecessarily regressive, such as the automatic single person discount.
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