Council Tax (New Valuation Lists for England) Bill

During the debate on Council Tax (New Valuation Lists for England) Bill, Charles Walker raises points against an argument for revaluation.

Mr. Charles Walker (Broxbourne) (Con): Does the hon. Lady accept that all the other houses in that road would have gone up in value too, give or take a few thousand pounds? That is not unique to her constituency. She has said it before, as well.

Kali Mountford: I am dreadfully sorry. I was not aware that I was in "Just a Minute". I was about to address the point that the hon. Gentleman makes. The value of the village has risen, as the value of the house has risen. In a village 2 miles further on, which does not have the same attractive postcode, does not have film crews up and down its lanes every day and does not attract the same tourism, property prices have levelled off and started to descend. Although the houses are of the same type, there is a huge difference in property values between the two villages, and between the amount that those families should pay and can afford to pay. It does not reflect their family income and how they deal with it. That is why, if I am to support the Government tonight, it is on the basis that we consider how the system in future will protect those constituents and make sure that the poorest pay fairly and appropriately, but no more than they have to pay. If the Lyons review does not come up with something-


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