Emma Seith

We’re robbing Peter so we can pay Paul £100m

Councils won't get to decide how the money they raise from council tax is spent – how is that fair?

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We’ve moved to a family home after living in a lovely but way-too-small-for-four-people box, seven storeys above ground. It’s liberating, but cold.

Because we have more space at our disposal, I can now work without imploring my husband to do whatever he is doing quietly. But while in our previous, well-insulated, modern flat, heating costs were piddling and knitwear unnecessary, I may be forced to invest in some jumpers and adopt more realistic expectations when it comes to energy bills if I’m to survive the winter in our 200-year-old house.

Another bill set to grow is the council tax. We ...

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