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Lib Dems slam Council Tax review

The Liberal Democrat Party has slammed the government after figures released showed that the average Council Tax for a band D property will increase by 4.2% next year.

Andrew Stunell MP, shadow local government secretary of the Liberal Democrats, says: “Theres nothing stealthy about Council Tax, especially at a time when mortgage payments and the cost of living is increasing, everyone knows its unfair.

“Its scandalous that the chancellor failed to scrap Council Tax and introduce a fair tax based on the ability to pay.

“Gordon Brown is leaving millions of pensioners and low paid families struggling to make ends meet.”

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