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PUBLISHED: 11:30 20 February 2008 | UPDATED: 21:32 15 June 2010

We should all be grateful for the Government capping the impending council tax increases, shortly to be dropping through our letter boxes. However, town and parish councils have no such limits set upon them, and in recent times we have seen more and mor

We should all be grateful for the Government capping the impending council tax increases, shortly to be dropping through our letter boxes. However, town and parish councils have no such limits set upon them, and in recent times we have seen more and more non-statutory functions (but not the funds to finance them) off-loaded by district councils to the towns and parishes. The towns and parishes can't be forced to take on these extra responsibilities, but some do - possibly unaware of the financial implications. It seems the districts keep the cash that would have previously been spent on the transferred functions, still increase their precept by just under the Government's capping limit, and the towns and parishes pick up the tab for the cost of transferred services through huge increases in their local precepts. Many town and parish councillors do not currently pay themselves allowances (although allowed to do so under current legislation), but having to take on more functions and responsibilities from the district councils many may well be considering taking this option - a move that will doubtless push council tax bills even higher! This looks to me like double-taxation, coming in by the back door, and it would be interesting to hear local councillors' views on the subject via your letters page! Morag ButcherHoney Ditches DriveSeaton

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