§ Ms Armstrong
We believe that the council tax is working well as a local tax. In our Green Paper on modernising local government finance, which we published in September 2000, we explained that the banding system makes tax bills predictable and stable. A number of respondents to the Green Paper proposed that additional council tax bands should be created. We are considering what they had to say in the context of preparing a White Paper on local government finance, which we intend to publish later this year.
§ Ms Beverley Hughes
The average increase in band D council tax in England between 2000–01 and 2001–02 was 6.4 per cent.