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If the newspapers are to be believed, the government is planning to scrap 'council tax' in favour of a mixed property/ income tax proposal, which sounds like a messy compromise (or 'third way'). This is being suggested by local government minister Nick Raynsford, normally a safe pair of political hands, and an experienced housing and construction minister in the past. The latest proposal is clearly a way for New Labour to (at last) shove up income tax levels in addition to national ...

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