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Council hope to axe empty home tax cuts.

Byline: LIAM MURPHY Political Editor liam1971 @

TOWN hall bosses in Liverpool hope to boost their coffers by eliminating council tax discounts for empty homes in the city.

Proposals backed by the city's ruling cabinet would see homeowners charged by the local authority even if no-one lives at the property.

The move is part of a bid to ensure homes in the city are used and not left lying empty - and could raise more than PS2m a year.

The city council's ruling Labour cabinet backed plans to begin consultation with landlords and those affected by the plans.

At a cabinet meeting in Liverpool town hall, Mayor Joe Anderson said: "With the number of empty properties and the amount of people on waiting lists, I believe this is the right thing to do."

According to council documents in 2014/2015, there were about 23,500 properties which qualified for a discount period of up to two months.

Liverpool also currently allows a permanent 20% council tax discount on empty furnished property. Of around 620 empty properties in this category, about 500 have been empty for more than two months and 300 have been empty for more than a year.

A report prepared for the city council cabinet said: "Liverpool city council has had its central government funding cut by 58% since 2010/11. Maintaining a discount on council tax for empty properties may no longer be considered affordable."

Discounts for properties undergoing major structural repairs are likely to remain.

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Publication:Liverpool Echo (Liverpool, England)
Date:Dec 14, 2015
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