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Second home owners lose council tax loophole

The change forms part of new plans due to be unveiled today by Communities Secretary Eric Pickles. The money saved would be used to keep overall council tax bills down.

Mr Pickles said: “Under Labour, council tax went through the roof. This Government has scrapped Labour’s council tax revaluation and is helping freeze council tax for two years.

“I want to do more to help everyday families with the cost of living, and protect family homes from tax increases.

“By removing the subsidised tax breaks for empty homes and second homes, we can cut £20 a year off families’ council tax bills by treating everyone equally and fairly.

“Councils should also make it easier to pay bills, and offer the same discounts for electronic billing that other companies offer as standard.”

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