England & Wales

Abolish council tax?

At our seminar this week on the future of council tax, we heard a proposal for a new ‘Takeaway Tax’. Every time you have a kebab, the taxman skewers you. The idea wasn’t from within the LGiU and we don’t think it is a runner, but we are nothing if not democratic here, so tell us if you think it’s a good idea. Some people thought we should just abolish council tax. So here is a conspiracy theory – Labour being 10 points behind in the polls says it is going to abolish the unpopular council tax, maybe gets a few good headlines, and forces the Conservatives to say they will also abolish it, leaving them a ‘black hole’ if they win the next election. Far fetched?