Marlyn Glen MSP

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Scottish Labour MSP for North East Scotland

Council tax freeze : councils have no power to increase tax on individual tax bands

29 October 2010

Marlyn Glen has been informed by the Scottish Government that councils do not have the power to raise the level of council tax in some higher tax bands while freezing the tax in lower bands.

Ms. Glen queried whether or not councils had the authority to do so, but was told,

“A local authority does not have discretion to vary the council tax levels in a certain set of bands (such as G and H) in relation to the other bands.

“Section 74 of the Local Government Finance Act 1992 sets out the proportions between the bands.

” Band A is required to be a third of Band D and Band H is double that of Band D.

“The proportions are:

Band A – 6/9 of Band D

Band B – 7/9 of Band D

Band C – 8/9 of Band D

Band E – 11/9 of Band D

Band F – 13/9 of Band D

Band G – 15/9 of Band D

Band H – 18/9 of Band D ”

Commenting on the present funding arrangements, Ms. Glen said,

” The Scottish Government must fully fund its council tax freeze in Dundee.

“The unfairness of the council being forced by the Scottish Government to slash both its spending and its services in return for a small inadequate sum to impose a council tax freeze must end.

” So far the SNP’s endless council tax freeze has benefited those in the top council bands the most.

” Over the three-year period in Dundee , and because council tax did not keep pace with inflation, those in the highest band, H, have seen their council tax payments reduced by a total of £380 overall in the past three year period.

“By contrast, those in the lowest Band, A, have seen their council tax payments reduced by a total of only around £125 overall in the past three year period.”

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