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Welsh Liberal Democrats success on service personnel Council Tax

2009 Hydref 9 2:32 PM

The Welsh Liberal Democrats have welcomed the decision by Brian Gibbons, the Minister for Social Justice and Local Government to give service personnel a 50% discount on their Council Tax.

The announcement was made during a debate submitted by the Welsh Liberal Democrats, who had put pressure on the Government to change the anomaly that means service personnel in Wales had to pay full Council Tax on their properties due to being classed as a second home, unlike in England and Scotland where they received a 50% discount.

Peter Black, the Welsh Liberal Democrat Shadow Minister for Local Government said: "This is fantastic news for our service personnel who will get recognition for the risks they take for serving their country. I am glad the Minister has decided to liste to us on this issue and that common sense has finally prevailed." "Unfortunately the Minister has decided to ignore all our further suggestions for flexibility in the council tax system that would give councils greater powers to use Council Tax as a tool to tackle the blight of empty homes and to help communities and the people that live in them."