Council Tax in my view should be abolished, we have a perfectly good central tax collecting system in the Inland revenue. Surely the way forward is to raise income tax by 0.?% and collect at source this money.
The cost of collecting council tax must be nationally huge, each council must employ its own team of staff to administer this tax, then there are another team of Civil servants working on Council Tax Benefit, not to mention the team working on late payers, legal action etc etc.
In a time of sweeping cuts, surely the abolishment of this stupid tax must make sense.
An increase in Income tax, would sort out the means testing arguement!
I am sure it is not too difficult for the Inland revenue to indicate how much an individual local authority would receive based on that authorities residents income tax.
Good idea or is it to easy??
Why does this idea matter?
This idea would save vast tax payer spending on civil servants doing a job that is already being done (very well) by another group of civil servants. This government wants to save money, well here is a solution, without removing any frontline services, increasing waiting lists, sending soldiers to war ill equipped etc. Might put some civil servants on JSA for a bit, but thats going to happen anyway!