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Letters: Council tax rises leave householders wondering what they’re paying for

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SIR – Councillor Eveleigh Moore Dutton (Letters, March 18) says that council tax buys a huge range of services besides bin collection. The reality is that council tax tends to be hugely regressive, as those who contribute the most tend to use fewest services while paying a larger percentage of income tax.

I live in Surrey (which has made the maximum 4.99 per cent increase) on a road where the residents fund the upkeep. The public highways are riddled with holes, state schools are over-subscribed and many families pay for their children’s education. We pay for our own sporting activities, never see the police and would be ineligible for social-care support.

As Kevin Platt says in his letter on the same day, I am funding a generous pension scheme for council employees, but that is rarely mentioned.

Stuart Southall
East Horsley, Surrey

 

SIR – I sympathise with Peter Williams (Letters, March...

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