The Lyons Inquiry was set up in July 2004 and was the follow on to the Balance of
Funding Review (BoF). Sir Michael did have the decency to meet with us twice,
and we actively put forward suggestions for reform along with research to support our
work. At first, we were cautiously optimistic that Sir Michael would report back
to Government with some acceptable reforms to the Council Tax system that would make
it less unfair. However, when his remit was extended in December 2005, it became
clear that the Government was just dragging the review out, and wasn't really serious
about addressing the issues. As it turned out, Sir Michael's final report and
recommendations were disappointing to say the least, and Gordon Brown simply kicked
the report into the political longrass.
The key recommendations of the report were:
This is not to say though that that the report has been dismissed out of hand. When the time is right, for example, immediately after the next General Election and assuming that the present Government is returned to power, don't be surprised to see some of the recommendations implemented. For example, work is already being undertaken (in secret) for a propery revaluation in England. It is worth remembering what happened in Wales when revaluation was forced upon it.
Meeting with Sir Michael Lyons and Sally Burlington
Meeting with Sir Michael Lyons, Sally Burlington and Kate Alexander
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