Andy Through the Looking Glass

Andy Sawford of the Local Government Information Unit (a membership body that does collective research work for Councils who join) takes readers on a romp through CLG publication “Local Government Financial Statistics England No.19 2009”.  Recommended reading even if you don’t normally read the LGIU blog – and if you’re interested in local government, you really should.

It’s all good, but I thought this was particularly interesting, in the light of my ongoing battle with political commentators suggesting that comparing Band D Council Tax between authorities and saying one “charges more” can be misleading; In the North East, 56 per cent of dwellings are in the lowest council tax band – Band A, compared to just 3 per cent in London. So the majority of people in the North East pay at most 67% of whatever is set as the Band D tax rate.

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