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Is Gould suggesting increasing our council tax? Labour Southfields candidate Arthur Gould has complained that “local authorities are so hemmed in by central government in the UK” as he noted that “local authority taxes in the UK amount to less than 2% of GDP. In France they amount to 6.0%, Germany 11% and in Sweden 16%.” Gould suggested that this meant that councils have been starved of cash and argued that “Conservative councillors can't complain when it is their Government that is responsible for cuts to local services”. The differences between EU countries reflects the functions carried out by local government. Sweden, Germany, Belgium, Denmark and Spain have high shares of taxation received by non-central authorities. By contrast, the share for Cyprus is 0.9% and in Malta local government does not levy taxes at all but is funded by central government. Having lectured at Loughborough University in Swedish studies and written a number of papers including Drugs, Prostitution and the Swedish Welfare State and The Criminalisation of Buying Sex: the Politics of Prostitution in Sweden, Gould must be aware that the Swedish taxation system is very different to that in the United Kingdom. In Sweden, about 30% of tax is paid to local government compared to about 5% in the United Kingdom. In Sweden there is a long tradition of local self- government and the right of local authorities to set taxes is set out in the Constitution. Swedish municipalities and councils have far more functions than they do in the UK including health and medical care, dental care, water and sewage, civil defence and education. In criticising the Government and the council by making this false comparison, Gould hesitates to suggest what he thinks should be an alternative. Does he believe that local government should be reformed along the Swedish model to take on all these additional functions? Does he believe that council spending as a percentage of GDP should be increased to bring it into line with these other countries? Is he suggesting that there should be a dramatic increase in the amount of council tax that we pay? “If Gould wants to be taken seriously by electors then he should be more precise about what he believes in”, commented local Southfields councillor Ted Parton.
Published and promoted by Paul Mercer, 58A Wards End, Loughborough LE11 3HB
This site only uses cookies in order to collect anonymous usage data for Google Analytics and StatCounter. By using this site we assume that you are happy to receive cookies.
Is Gould suggesting increasing our council tax? Labour Southfields candidate Arthur Gould has complained that “local authorities are so hemmed in by central government in the UK” as he noted that “local authority taxes in the UK amount to less than 2% of GDP. In France they amount to 6.0%, Germany 11% and in Sweden 16%.” Gould suggested that this meant that councils have been starved of cash and argued that “Conservative councillors can't complain when it is their Government that is responsible for cuts to local services”. The differences between EU countries reflects the functions carried out by local government. Sweden, Germany, Belgium, Denmark and Spain have high shares of taxation received by non-central authorities. By contrast, the share for Cyprus is 0.9% and in Malta local government does not levy taxes at all but is funded by central government. Having lectured at Loughborough University in Swedish studies and written a number of papers including Drugs, Prostitution and the Swedish Welfare State and The Criminalisation of Buying Sex: the Politics of Prostitution in Sweden, Gould must be aware that the Swedish taxation system is very different to that in the United Kingdom. In Sweden, about 30% of tax is paid to local government compared to about 5% in the United Kingdom. In Sweden there is a long tradition of local self- government and the right of local authorities to set taxes is set out in the Constitution. Swedish municipalities and councils have far more functions than they do in the UK including health and medical care, dental care, water and sewage, civil defence and education. In criticising the Government and the council by making this false comparison, Gould hesitates to suggest what he thinks should be an alternative. Does he believe that local government should be reformed along the Swedish model to take on all these additional functions? Does he believe that council spending as a percentage of GDP should be increased to bring it into line with these other countries? Is he suggesting that there should be a dramatic increase in the amount of council tax that we pay? “If Gould wants to be taken seriously by electors then he should be more precise about what he believes in”, commented local Southfields councillor Ted Parton.