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21 December 2016

Town and parish councils to continue to decide their local tax

We'd like to thank town and parish councils for their input into the consultation earlier this year, which means they can continue to set their precepts unfettered by government

Baroness Scott of Bybrook, OBE, Leader of Wiltshire Council

Town and parish councils are still able to set their own precepts (local tax) following a recent government announcement. The government had proposed that they should hold a referendum if they wanted to increase precepts by more than 2%.

The secretary of state for communities and local government made the announcement last week in the House of Commons.

Baroness Scott of Bybrook OBE, Leader of Wiltshire Council said: "We'd like to thank town and parish councils for their input into the consultation earlier this year, which means they can continue to set their precepts unfettered by government. Their responses were lucid and to the point and we really appreciated their help in lobbying against this proposal which if implemented would have prevented many projects going ahead in communities.

"It is really important town and parish councils retain their independence as they receive no financial support from the government, and this announcement ensures that continues to be the case."

Last updated: 21 December 2016 | Last reviewed: 21 December 2016

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