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STRAW DENIES THAT LABOUR BOXING CLEVER IN COUNCIL TAX DEBATE

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Shadow environment secretary, Jack Straw, denied today that the Labour party were boxing clever over the issue of c...
Shadow environment secretary, Jack Straw, denied today that the Labour party were boxing clever over the issue of comparative council taxes, at the launch of the party's local government election campaign.

The council tax system was 'outrageously rigged', complained Mr Straw when asked of the higher spending Labour councils. 'If a band for band comparison was accurate you'd expect that where're you are spending more the council tax would be higher. But in Liverpool band D tax is £867 and in Westminster £245 - only 30% of Liverpool's figure but Liverpool spends less per head.'

Not only were Labour on average £40 cheaper, said Mr Straw, but they gave value for money quality services.

Labour has spearheaded effective local investment. He said: 'Wise investment by Labour Birmingham has transformed the centre of that great city, improved housing, led to the creation of two science parks, and generated jobs.

'In addition of the 25 'most efficient' housing authorities named by the government just before Christmas, 10 are Labour controlled, three more are Labour dominated and just four are Tory.'
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