Date: 07 July 2005
Letter to Herald: Property tax is an important part of the taxation
The impression given by your article on the Local Government Finance
Review consultation is of strong opposition to the Council Tax.
In fact the report states " a significant number believed that
there would be value in retaining Council Tax". Is it not fairer
to state that people want to see that tax reformed rather than abolished?
UNISON believes that reform of the Council Tax Bands and Council
Tax Benefit will achieve fairness at far less financial cost and
upheaval than any change to a Service Tax or Local Income Tax. While
property values are not a faultless indicator of wealth or ability
to pay there is a broad link. A property tax is therefore an important
part of the taxation basket.
14 West Campbell Street