Council tax protestors hit the road

PROTESTERS from East Anglia will be among the thousands expected to take to the streets of London today to march against "inflation busting increases" in council tax.

PROTESTERS from East Anglia will be among the thousands expected to take to the streets of London today to march against "inflation busting increases" in council tax.

While the march organisers, IsItFair, estimate protestor numbers at 5,000 other projections envisage more than 20,000 being spurred into action.

A rally is set to take place in Trafalgar Square from midday when a series of speeches will be delivered before the platform is opened up for protestors to air their individual grievances.

From there the crowd will march towards the Houses of Parliament, dropping in on Downing Street on the way.


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Here a small delegation, fronted by march organiser, Christine Melsom, will hand deliver the IsItFair petition to the door of the Prime Minister.

The petition contains over 40,000 signatures of people calling for an end to council tax in its current form.

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Having been given the go-ahead for the march by the Metropolitan Police on Thursday rally organiser Mrs Melsom is not allowing anything to get in the way of the message, "Scrap it, don't cap it!"

Speaking yesterday, she said: "This is just the start of the campaign and we will know better tomorrow what our strength is.

"It is the council tax payers that are the issue and we don't want to let anything, not even our celebrity supporters detract from that message."

The march comes on the back of last year's council tax uproar that saw Suffolk hit by increases of 18.5 %. However, latest estimates have projected that this year's increase will be limited to 4.5%, or lower, in a bid to avoid capping measures from Whitehall.

The IsItFair group is campaigning for the current system of a property value based council tax to be scrapped altogether and for it to be replaced by a new scheme that reflects the ability to pay.

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