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Lyons has no teeth

Michael Lyons's review into local government finance was a damp squib. Council tax should be scrapped, not tweaked

By Harvey Cole   April 2007

Michael Lyons’s report on local government finance, delivered on 21st March, was reminiscent of Horace’s quip, “The mountains were in labour and gave birth to a ridiculous mouse.” The expected roar of the Lyons turned out to be an impotent squeak.

The report had twice been postponed, in order to extend its scope to consider aspects of the role and function of local authorities as well as their financing. But the main thrust of its 400 pages turned out to be a series of tweakings of council tax rather than bold moves to replace, restructure or supplement it.

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