Sunday, October 30, 2011

Not before time, if it happens

Pickles to allow second home council tax discount cut

"Owners of second homes in England could lose council tax discounts, under new plans to be announced by Communities Secretary Eric Pickles on Monday. Councils would have the power to reduce or remove council tax relief on second homes and empty homes. Second homes currently receive up to 50% discount. The money would be used to keep overall council tax bills down, he is to say."

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13 thoughts on “Not before time, if it happens

  • Apologies for the bad link. Thank’s for sorting it out, paul.

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  • Apologies for the bizarre use of an apostrophe.

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  • Pickles is coming at this from the angle of reducing council tax, not clamping down on second homes. He’s not a secret LVTer.

    Second homes currently receive up to 50% discount on council tax, but local councils can choose whether to grant this in entirety. Many councils now only offer a 10% discount.

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  • About time. It is obscene to subsidise multiple home ownership.

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  • happy mondays says:

    Rents to go up then! 🙁

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  • Happy Mondays: It shouldn’t make any difference to rents. You are confusing housing that is rented out with holiday homes, of which there are many here in the South Hams. These are properties, often owned by wealthy Londoners, are used by their owners for holiday purposes and aren’t usually rented out – these are the properties that would be affected but not by much. South Hams Council already charges 90 per cent, so the extra if this plan goes through will just mean these holiday home owners having to pay an extra £100-£200 per year, depending on the size of their property.

    Holiday lets are normally registered as businesses and are charged business rates, which are – in these parts – lower than council tax anyway.

    Tenants pay the council tax on buy-to-lets, which is charged to them at the usual rate. Single occupiers of these get a 25 per cent discount – that will remain the same under this proposal.

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  • Surely rents will only go up if it is the owner rather than the renter paying the council tax.

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  • Nice one Eric!

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  • Most second home pretend to be “holiday homes” letting out to mates & claiming 0% council tax business rates, so this is
    next to useless.

    Personally I’d tax anyone not born in Devon & owning a property there at 150%, 200% if their first name is Kirsty.

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  • Council tax is a price for having a roof over your head – enforcable by imprisonment.

    That is the practice of authoritarianism and an affront to human rights.

    You vote for this. Hang your heads in shame.

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  • Dill, I guess your argument is there should be no council tax. Have you worked it through what your argument would mean. If so, explain your reasoning.

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  • mark wadsworth says:

    Dill, I’m puzzled by your comment.

    If council tax is an evil tax because a roof over your head is a necessity, then presumably your justification for income tax etc is that going out to work, generating wealth etc is mere frippery?

    There is a vast difference between the bare minimum of what you need as “a roof over your head” (the cost of which would fall beneath the personal exempt amount of be covered by citizen’s income in a full-on LVT-CI system) and having a massive house with spare bedrooms and off street for four cars. The latter is quite clearly not a necessity, it is purely private consumption at everybody else’s expense, as opposed to people going out to earn a living, which broadly speaking, benefits ‘everybody else’ as much as it benefits the worker or businessman.

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