Westminster North Conservative candidate joins Labour in calling for prime property owners to pay higher tax

The Conservative candidate for Westminster North has joined Labour in calling for the owners of prime property to pay higher Council tax.

Writing in the ‘Evening Standard’ on 25th November, Conservative candidate Councillor Lindsay Hall argues:

“The cure for inequity in housing lies in re-banding council tax, perhaps with a ‘super band’ that reflects genuine ‘mansion’ status”

Councillor Paul Dimoldenberg, Leader of the Labour Group, said:

“There is no difference between a mansion tax and adding an additional Council Tax ‘super band’ for the most expensive properties. The result is exactly the same – the owners of prime property pay more tax.”

“As the owner of a large £5 million house on Maida Vale, Councillor Hall will be aware of the essential social justice of those in the most expensive houses paying more towards public services. We look forward to the Leader of Westminster Conservative, Councillor Philippa Roe, who owns a large £5 million house in Eaton Terrace, joining her Council colleague in calling for an additional Council Tax ‘super band’ on prime property.”

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3 Responses to Westminster North Conservative candidate joins Labour in calling for prime property owners to pay higher tax

  1. ahermens says:

    But there is a big difference no? Council tax stays with the council, so is spent (in theory) on local needs. My understanding of the mansion tax is that it is a centralised tax with no guarantee that it is redistributed to the area that generated it.

    I think that is a big difference imho.

    • The proceeds of the Mansion Tax will go to supporting the NHS and we have hospitals, doctors and the whole range of NHS services in Westminster that need financial support. Not every local service is run by the Council.

      • ahermens says:

        Which is a shame btw, because I think I speak for a lot of people when we say its better when we deal directly with the Council for services. I think Westminster CC is a great example of that.

        I just think it muddies the waters when you apply a property/mansion tax, and distribute it to another area, health services. Makes much more sense to apply a property tax and use it for increased social housing needs/helping the young get onto the property ladder.

        If we need to increase the NHS spend, then lets do via either a separate NHS tax, or Income Tax/VAT. I like my ole New Zealand system where those who could afford it & over 18 would pay a nominal GP fee ($30 from memory) & partial prescription cost.

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