Friday, May 19, 2006

Missing a trick on Council Tax 2

According to recent Parliamentary questions asked by David Kidney MP, 186 local authorities (or 53%) have used their discretionary powers to abolish the council tax discount on empty homes.

In 2005/6 this abolition of the empty homes discount raised £72 million, rising from £49 million the year before.

Just think what this money could do if it was directed towards bringing more empty homes back into use to meet housing need.

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