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Sedgefield nonsense Sedgefield borough "has the highest council tax in the country." A good story because it is Tony Blair’s own constituency. But complete nonsense. A shorthand has grown up for comparing council tax in different places: quoting the charge for a band D property – one valued at between ?68,000 and ?88,000 in April 1991. But this becomes misleading where there are big differences between local authorities in the proportions of their houses in the various bands. True, the charge for a band D property in Sedgefield is ?1,367 this year – higher than elsewhere, and high compared with…

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