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MP concerned at Labour plans to tax family homes in Swale

31st October 2011
MP concerned at Labour plans to tax family homes in Swale

Gordon Henderson, MP for Sittingbourne and Sheppey, has expressed his concern at Labour’s backing for a report calling for tax hikes on family homes and single people across Swale.

Shadow Minister Tessa Jowell has backed the report, which puts forward policy proposals including ‘property value tax’ and the ‘abolition of council tax concessions for single occupation’, which would represent a massive increase of more than 33 per cent in council tax for single elderly pensioners, single parents and other adults who live on their own.

Mr Henderson said:

“Under the last Labour Government, council tax in Swale increased by £815 (132%). Now it appears they want to hike prices even more by backing a report calling for higher council tax on single people, and higher taxes on family homes.

“I am very concerned that if these proposals are ever put into practice it will be the most vulnerable members of our community who will be hit hardest.”

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