WLGA response to Welsh Government announcement on council tax reform

Wednesday, 15 May 2024

In response to the Welsh Government’s confirmation regarding the timeline for the reform of council tax, the Welsh Local Government Association (WLGA) issues the following statements from political group leaders:


Cllr Andrew Morgan OBE, Labour Group Leader:

"We welcome today’s announcement on reforming the council tax system which has needed an update for some time. This reform should help to ensure that it is fairer and more sustainable. It’s good to see that this decision comes after extensive consultation as it needs to reflect both the voices of councils and the people of Wales. Any changes that are made must prioritise the wellbeing of our communities and safeguard essential local services."


Cllr Mark Pritchard, Independent Group Leader:

“The current financial landscape, both for councils and citizens is decidedly bleak and so any decisions on the taxes that individuals and families pay must be arrived at through meaningful collaboration and must be transparent. It is right that taxpayers are provided regular opportunity to engage with the revaluation process and I’m glad to see that this Bill allows for that. In my view, it would have been better for this reform to occur earlier than the suggested timeline of 2028, however I acknowledge the Government's must listen to the prevailing consensus that are reflected in all meaningful consultations.”


Cllr Llinos Medi, Plaid Group Leader:

"The announcement of a timeline for council tax reform signifies a significant step forward in addressing the evolving needs of our communities. Committing to regular revaluations and implementing improvements by the end of the current Senedd term is a key part of our Cooperation Agreement with the Welsh Government and demonstrates our dedication to creating a responsive taxation system.”


Cllr Andrew Parkhurst, Liberal Democrat Group Leader:

“All local authorities are in agreement that a fairer council tax is needed. This reform is a great example of Welsh Government and local government working together for Welsh communities, as we have seen in the numerous working groups and partnership forums that helped to shape this change.”


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