The Council Tax is regressive, it should be scrapped & replaced

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The Scottish Government have announced their plan to keep the Council Tax and make only minor adjustments, despite over half of properties being in the wrong band and no revaluation since 1991. The Council Tax is regressive, it should be scrapped & replaced with a progressive system of local taxation based on wealth.

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