Myleene Klass criticised by Nick Clegg over mansion tax claims: 'What's fair about a family in Lewisham paying the same as an oligarch?'

Mansion tax plans aimed to “treat people fairly in better-off homes”, and were not intended to “go off after people in a punitive way”, the deputy PM said

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Ed Miliband might have had a raw deal from the Prime Minister during PMQs after his heated debate about mansion tax with Myleene Klass on The Agenda on Monday, but the pop star hasn’t escaped the ordeal entirely unchallenged.

Aside from some gentle trolling in the form of a fake JustGiving donation page, offering to help the former Hear’Say star pay for the tax on her very expensive garage in London, Deputy Prime Minister Nick Clegg weighed in.

“She is wrong,” the Liberal Democrats leader said.

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Myleene Klass goes head-to-head with Ed Miliband on The Agenda over mansion tax

Defending his plan to introduce extra council tax bands, a variation of the mansion tax his party favours, he continued: “She also suggested that all you can buy in London with £2m is a garage – that is some garage. Let’s get rid of the emotion about claiming one person’s normal home is a mansion.

“Why don’t we treat higher-value properties in the same banded way with council tax bands as we treat lower-value properties? What is possibly fair about saying to a family that lives in a family home in Lewisham, they pay the same council tax as an oligarch that lives in a £30m house?”

He went to explain that a Granny would not need to pay mansion tax up front.

“If they cannot pay if they are asset-rich or income-poor they do not need to pay it when other people do pay it, you can wrap it up with your estate. I would ask you what is fair about lower-value properties having to pay council tax in bands, but then when the property is worth more than £700,000 the council tax bands stop.

“It is irrational to say the council tax band applies up to a certain level and then it stops.”

He concluded by adding that the mansion tax plans his party proposes aimed to “treat people fairly in better-off homes”, and were not intended to “go off after people in a punitive way”.

“That is possibly what Myleene thought.”

His comments came as David Cameron seized his opportunity to grill Miliband on his appearance opposite Klass on Monday’s edition of The Agenda during Prime Minister's Questions.

He accused the Labour leader of being “pasted by a pop star” live on TV.

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Ed Miliband wants to use money raised from implementing a mansion tax to boost NHS funding

But Miliband was quick on the rebuttal, and criticised the PM for being so against mansion tax, but in favour of bedroom tax

The bedroom tax restricts the amount of housing benefit that council and housing association tenants can claim based on the number of spare rooms in their houses that are unoccupied.

“That’s exactly what I expect from this Prime Minister - he only feels the pain of people struggling to find a £2million garage,” he said.

“We all know why this Prime Minister thinks the Bedroom Tax is great, and the mansion tax to fund the NHS is terrible.

“If you’ve got big money, you have got a friend in this Prime Minister. If you haven’t, he couldn’t care less.”

Klass is yet to comment further on mansion tax.

 

“When you do look at the people who will be suffering this tax, it’s true a lot of them are grannies who have had these houses in their families for a long, long time,” the singer, who is reportedly worth £11million, told Miliband on Monday.

“The people who are the super-super rich buying their houses for £140million, this is not necessarily going to affect them because they’ve got their tax rebates and amazing accountants. It’s going to be the little grannies who have lived in those houses for years and years.”

Under Labour’s proposed mansion tax policy, properties advertised with a price tag exceeding £2million would come under the band.

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