Council tax protestors in day of action

COUNCIL Tax protestors in Suffolk could be joining a day of demonstrations to coincide with the local elections in June.Campaign group IsItFair? is planning further action to lobby the Government to abolish the tax.

COUNCIL Tax protestors in Suffolk could be joining a day of demonstrations to coincide with the local elections in June.

Campaign group IsItFair? is planning further action to lobby the Government to abolish the tax.

One of its member groups, the People Against Council Tax Suffolk (PACTS), is at the forefront of the county's campaigning and is involved in the talks.

The group mobilised into action following 2003/04's record-breaking council tax rises of 18.5% in Suffolk.


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They remain undeterred despite this year's rise of just 4.5%, believing that to be just temporary respite from further hikes. They believe the tax is unacceptable and unfair to property owners.

The next day of national action is planned for June and is expected to coincide with the local elections.

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Roger Marchant, of PACTS, said: "Nothing has been decided as yet, but we have heard some suggestions, including a demonstration to mark the local elections.

"IsItFair decides the national strategy, so we are all singing from the same songsheet, and we're waiting to hear what to do next."

He added: "If the funding system doesn't change, we are aware that something could happen again like last year's rises.

"We are working on getting a more positive inter-reaction from people and galvanising support for the cause."

In January, affiliated IsItFair? groups across the county, including PACTS, travelled to London to protest against the tax rises.

Suffolk County Council pegged back the rise in its share of the tax to 3.8% for 2004/05, making a number of cutbacks to enable it to do so.

IsItFair?, which has no affiliation to any of the mainstream political parties, is being endorsed by the Royal British Legion.

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