softlips wrote:Flinders wrote:Check out what the rich pay in council tax in that borough, and compare it with yours. A band D house round here, probably worth about 200-250 grand (unfashionable part of the Midlands, not at all wealthy) pays circa £1,640, which is about the same as the largest property in the Kensington and Chelsea pays- properties that would be worth many millions, and which pay circa £1,700. The equivalent top band round here, in contrast, is over £3,000 a year. Something seriously wrong there.
If you look at council tax prices it seems Labour led councils charge more than Conservative led ones. Interestingly though Labour led ones have more cash reserves than Conservative ones.
Comparing areas that tend to vote Labour with those that tend to vote Conservative is not comparing like with like. Conservative led councils tend to be in charge of areas with low levels of social deprivation, where the punters make lower demands on services.