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TAX BURDEN FEARS AS LABOUR REVIEWS EXISTING SYSTEM

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Council tax has moved to centre stage in the Scottish parliamentary elections as opposition politicians round on La...
Council tax has moved to centre stage in the Scottish parliamentary elections as opposition politicians round on Labour's plans to review the existing band system.

The review is expected to recommend the introduction of new bands at the top and bottom of the existing scale.

Opposition parties seized on the move as an indication that Labour planned to increase the tax burden on those in high-value homes.

'It is an excuse for Labour councils to tax people to the hilt,' said Scottish Conservatives leader David McLetchie.

The Scottish National Party said the review amounted to 'tinkering at the edges' and pledged to hold a full-scale review.

The Liberal Democrats and Scottish Socialist Party pledged to scrap council tax in favour of an income-based service tax, while the Greens promised to replace council tax and business rates with land value tax.

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