Council Tax

Council Tax: The Answer?

  • Published 1st Mar 2004
  • Authors: Peter Kenway, , Guy Palmer,
  • Category: Council Tax

The future of the council tax is now a hot subject. But this is not because people have come to believe passionately in the need for reform. Rather, it is because council tax has been rising faster even than earnings, never mind prices. So over the first 10 years of its life, to April 2003, council tax for Britain as a whole had almost doubled. By contrast, average earnings were up by a half, while prices were up by around one third.

As such, the purpose of this paper is to set out our conclusions on how the council tax system in England should be reformed from 2007 when the government is anyway committed to making changes to bring the tax up to date. It builds upon a paper that we presented in January 2004 to the Government's Balance of Funding Review which has council tax as part of its remit.

About this report
This report was funded by the Local Government Information Unit, PCS, and UNISON and written by Peter Kenway and Guy Palmer. The facts presented and views expressed in this report are those of the authors and not necessarily those of the funders.