View more on these topics

Council Tax rates could rocket, warns Tory Party

Council Tax bills could rocket by more than 300 for millions of families under government plans to scrap borough and county councils, the Conservative Party has warned.

Shadow local government minister Eric Pickles says the White Paper scheme to restructure local government and abandon the traditional two-tier system of councils could cost as much as 345 per household in the areas of England affected by the proposed changes.

He warns: “Restructuring will do nothing to improve local services and would make town halls more distant from local people.

Working families and pensioners, already suffering from punishing Council Tax hikes, could see their bills rise by up to 345, with little likelihood of any long-term savings.

Taxpayers should not let their councils surrender to Labour’s plans for gerrymandering unless they want to open their wallets.”?
Pickles adds: “Just as with police force reorganisation, Labour’s real agenda is regionalisation by stealth.

If England’s historic boroughs or counties are wiped off the map and replaced with ‘sub-regional’ hybrids, it will weaken local identities and create a vacuum in which the unelected regional assemblies will suck up yet more power.?
“If the government really wants to save money, it should start by scrapping John Prescott’s tiers of regional bureaucrats who have no mandate, no legitimacy and no accountability.”?
Research by Cambridge University emeritus professor Michael Chisholm estimates that the reorganisation costs of converting district councils to unitaries would be in the region of 121 per head, with “every prospect that on-going costs would in fact be increased”.

The Conservative Party calculates that such a bill would be equivalent to 345 per Council Tax-paying household.?

Recommended predicts lead price crash is predicting a price crash for mortgage and life assurance leads in January 2007, as more people go online to seek the best deal for their finances.The leads distributor says more people are logging on to home computers to manage their finances than ever before, meaning price comparison web sites have become the first […]

Praxis adds Advantage to lender panel

Advantage has revealed it has been appointed to the lending panel of Praxis. Through Praxis, brokers can now secure deals on the full Advantage product range including the ADV sub-prime range, the Flexishare shared appreciation mortgage and the Open Market HomeBuy plan, supporting the government-backed home buy initiative. Other products from the Advantage range will […]

Heritable Bank joins AMI

Heritable Bank has become an associate member of the Association of Mortgage Intermediaries.The fast-growing specialist lender has increased its loan assets due to mortgage lending through intermediaries by over 40% in 2006 and has plans to expand its product offering further in 2007.Rob Griffiths, associate director of the AMI, says: “We are pleased that Heritable […]

HSBC launches green sale

HSBC has launched a new five-year fixed rate mortgage at 5.17% as part of its green sale. The product has a maximum LTV of 90% and is available to new and existing customers.The bank has linked with a number of environmental charities to launch the HSBC green sale. For every sale product sold, HSBC will […]

A guide to automatic re-enrolment

Since the introduction of auto-enrolment in 2012, it has been a popular topic in the press. Recent media focus has been geared towards small and micro employers; however attention is set to return to the UK’s largest businesses as they prepare for re-enrolment. Johnson Fleming has produced a useful guide that provides essential information to help you […]


News and expert analysis straight to your inbox

Sign up