Written Question on Local Government: Dorset

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Date Title Questioner
27 Mar 2018, 4 p.m. Christopher Chope (Conservative - Christchurch) Christopher Chope (Conservative - Christchurch)

Question to the Ministry of Housing, Communities and Local Government:

To ask the Secretary of State for Housing, Communities and Local Government, on which date his Department gave advice to local councils in Dorset that a 20-year period for harmonisation and equalisation of council tax in the event of local government reorganisation in Dorset would be acceptable to the Government; and for what reason that advice changed.

Answered by Rishi Sunak - Chancellor of the Exchequer

The Government's position, as my Hon Friend Jake Berry set out in his answer to my Hon Friend's Questions UIN 119513 and 119514 of 18 December 2017, has consistently been that it is for those implementing any unitary proposal to put to the Secretary of State their proposals for council tax equalisation. Whilst it is for the Secretary of State to specify in secondary legislation the maximum period for equalisation, this Government to date has made no such specification nor reached any conclusion as to what that maximum it might specify.

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