In many parts of the north of England it seems that a majority of households will fall into this single band. So a majority of households in a particular council's area will pay the same basic council tax (subject to the single person's discount and any rebates). In other words, a major feature of the poll tax - the requirement for individuals to pay the same tax with little reference to ability to pay - will be carried forward into the council tax, and to a much greater extent than was originally envisaged.
In the original consultation exercise the Government was informed by councils such as Sheffield of the desirability of subdividing Band A properties, with at least one additional band. It cannot therefore plead ignorance in this matter.
It should not be too late to reconsider a subdivision of properties in Band A. Otherwise, I fear that the council tax may quickly become subject to the same unpopularity as the poll tax; and for the same reasons.
Sheffield City Council
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