ALL PARTY PROPOSALS FOR LOCAL INCOME TAX WELCOMED - KEMP, May 20th 2009
All-Party proposals from the DCLG Select Committee to create a Local Income Tax have been warmly welcomed by the Leader of the Liberal Democrats in Local Government.
Cllr Richard Kemp said, “local government finance is badly in need of reform. Yet, up to now both Conservative and Labour Parties have run scared of making the fundamental changes so badly needed. Now the Select Committee has bravely, and with all party support, put their head above the parapet and urged a local income tax which is the only fair and transparent way of raising the money needed to fund local services from local residents.
It is particularly important that this proposal has been published at a time when Westminster politics is held in such disrepute.
One of the major ways of cleaning up Westminster is to transfer a lot of its powers and responsibilities to a local level where people can influence decisions more and create their own priorities for service delivery. That can only be done if councils have a much more open hand in setting their own budgets and have their sources of income separate from the grant giving handouts of the Whitehall machinery.
I wouldn't just add another tax to the public burden, but the consensus for local income tax is good starter for 10!"
Cllr Kemp can be contacted on 07885 626913 or 0207 664 3354. The DCLG Select Committee report Balance of Power: Central & Local Government was published today. The Committee’s chair is Dr Phyllis Starkey MP (Lab)