UK Politics

Conservative Party: Labour to sign post-election council tax contract

News   •   Jan 18, 2010 11:09 GMT

New evidence emerged today of Labour’s plans for a council tax revaluation after the general election – as the Government were caught red-handed procuring a key council tax revaluation contract to start in June 2010.

Gordon Brown’s council tax inspectors are advertising a £2 million contract to help build up its revaluation property database.

This contract replaces one that was originally signed with estate agent property portal, Rightmove, for the postponed 2007 council tax revaluation.

Caroline Spelman MP, the Shadow Secretary of State for Communities & Local Government, said Labour Ministers have been caught red-handed. "This is a tax bombshell – primed to go off after the general election, hitting families and pensioners with soaring council tax bills".

"Labour’s class war politics is all about punishing those who have saved and worked hard with even higher taxes", she said. "This Big Brother contract is yet another sign of how Labour Ministers have no respect for people’s privacy and how they want to snoop inside your home".

Spelman emphasised that the Conservatives would scrap Gordon Brown’s plans for a council tax revaluation and abolish council tax inspectors’ rights of entry into our homes. "We are putting the Government and potential suppliers on notice that a Conservative Government, if elected, will cancel this contract outright", she said.