Tuesday, 31 January 2012

Lib Dems promote debate on second home council tax premium in Parliament

Liberal Democrat MPs are promoting a debate in Parliament about the prospect of charging a council tax premium on second homes.

The debate is being put forward by Mid Dorset and North Poole MP Annette Brooke who has written about it on Lib Dem Voice. It is supported by, among others, St Austell and Newquay MP Stephen Gilbert.

The concept of charging a premium was first raised by Cornwall Council Director Tom Flanagan during an appearance before a Parliamentary select committee last year. Although it's not formal council policy, it is certainly an issue worth considering in an area where there are large numbers of second homes and large waiting lists for council housing.

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