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Local Government Finance

Volume 171: debated on Tuesday 1 May 1990

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To ask the Prime Minister if she will make a statement on the introduction of the community charge in England.

The vast majority of charging authorities in England have now sent out their bills net of both community charge benefit and transitional relief. I congratulate local authority chief finance officers on the work that they have done in meeting their billing deadlines. I deplore the decisions of those local authorities that have set excessive charges.