Pay more tax in Hertfordshire? It's only 'fair' says Labour chief

PUBLISHED: 06:59 11 December 2008 | UPDATED: 21:15 26 October 2009

Cllr Ian Laidlaw-Dickson

Cllr Ian Laidlaw-Dickson

AS council taxpayers in Herts face another increase, Labour's leading county councillor defended a system that puts their money where it is most needed. Responding to news that the Government grant to Herts for 2009/10 will increase by just 1.75 per cent

AS council taxpayers in Herts face another increase, Labour's leading county councillor defended a system that puts their money where it is most needed.

Responding to news that the Government grant to Herts for 2009/10 will increase by just 1.75 per cent, Cllr Ian Laidlaw-Dickson, said: "The formula is 'needs lead', those that have the greatest needs have the greatest grants."

"But although more money goes to the needy areas there is a limit on how much they receive.

"People who live in some of the northern parts of the country suffer degrees of poverty we don't even have to think about in Hertfordshire.

"The more prosperous areas have the broadest backs so therefore bear the greatest weight."

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