Debates between Lord Clark of Windermere and Lord Greenhalgh during the 2019 Parliament

Thu 22nd Jul 2021

Council Tax

Debate between Lord Clark of Windermere and Lord Greenhalgh
Thursday 22nd July 2021

(11 months, 1 week ago)

Lords Chamber
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Lord Greenhalgh Portrait Lord Greenhalgh (Con)
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I thank my noble friend. He joins the chorus of people calling for new bands and a reform of the council tax system, but, as I have said, we do not intend to bring in new bands. Plans around local government finance reform have been put on hold and will be carried forward as part of the spending review.

Lord Clark of Windermere Portrait Lord Clark of Windermere (Lab)
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My Lords, does the Minister not realise that the disparities in council tax create a lot of the poverty that he referred to in his earlier statement? Is he aware that the maximum level in Westminster is £1,655? In every district in Cumbria, the average is in excess of £4,000. How can that be fair?

Lord Greenhalgh Portrait Lord Greenhalgh (Con)
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My Lords, I point out that Westminster has a low-tax policy and sets probably the lowest council tax in the country, and it should be commended for being a low-tax authority. Certain authorities know how to squeeze every penny in every pound, and I commend Westminster on being able to do that.