Tax and Fiscal Policy

Council tax reform long overdue


In the Media

Julian Jessop quoted in The i

Government and Institutions

Economic Affairs article featured in The Spectator

Tom Clougherty writes for The Times

IEA Executive Director Tom Clougherty has written for The Times making the case for council tax reform.

Tom wrote:

“Council tax is poorly designed. Bodged together in the wake of the poll tax, it is still based on property values from 1991.

“Since then house prices have more than quadrupled — but with significant regional variation.

“If anything, we should be leaning towards more, but better-designed, tax on residential property.

“So by all means, let’s overhaul council tax so that it works better. But it should remain a tax on residential property.”

Read the full piece in The Times (17/02/2024, p.56)