Labour considers replacing council tax

A Labour government could replace council tax with a new form of funding for local government, the Shadow Local Communities Secretary Andrew Gwynne has said. He told the BBC's Andrew Marr Show that the present system is "broken" and needs either radical change or to be replaced with something better.

Describing the present method of funding as "not fit for purpose", he added: "We are looking at what we need to do to fix how we finance local government going forward. We have not made up our minds on what that would be. It might be that the council tax can be reformed."

Council tax was introduced in the early 1990s by John Major's Conservative government as a replacement for the controversial community charge; commonly known as the poll tax. Alternative ideas being suggested at the time included the Liberal Democrat policy of introducing a local income tax rather than a property tax.