Why do English Council Tax Bands end at Band H £320,000 and above?* Surely, the introduction of several more bands would permit more money to be raised locally and enable owners of higher value properties to contribute a fairer share of the local budget. In conjunction with the extra money raised locally there must be a matching reduction of central government grant.
* I suggest that it is to benefit those self-same "wealth-earners" who won't get out of bed for less than 55% of their salaries over £150k. They have the ears at dinner parties of those who can change things, and those who change things never meet ordinary people except when they pay their cleaners cash-in-hand.
Wasn't that what the mansion tax was all about? But surely such considerations are cart before the horse. I would suggest as much attention might be given to cutting unnecessary local authority spending.
Fair enough. But what one person thinks is unnecessary local authority spending may not be to another. Eg in Bradford (and Coventry), provision of translaters and multi-lingual leaflets and forms would polarise communities.
How about giving Council Tax Payers vouchers for the items they want. Eg young parents can choose to get childcare and schooling but pay for other services and the elderly can get homecare vouchers, free buses etc if they wish. Pick, Mix and Pay.
As for senior public servants, impose a cap on salaries and benefits in kind for new recruitment and suggest that they test the market rate in the private sector or overseas if unhappy.
As for excessive private sector pay, fine so long as they accept unlimited liability for any financial losses of their organisations and personal liability for criminal behavior of their company, no hiding behind corporate liability.