Jeremy Corbyn is intensifying the pressure on Boris Johnson, and plans to table a motion of no confidence in his Government in a desperate bid to wrestle control of the country and finally become Prime Minister. He has written to the Liberal Democrats, the SNP and rebel Conservative Party members in the hope of gaining a majority to oust Mr Johnson.
But his plot has already hit the buffers after being met with strong opposition from the rival political parties and now, in a further blow to Mr Corbyn, one of his key policies has been rubbished as being disastrous for millions of people.
In June, the Labour Party leader unveiled recommendations to introduce a “progressive property tax” – which could see council tax replaced by one based on current house prices.
The annual tax bill would be based on the current value of a property, targeting larger homes with gardens.
The report, called ‘Land for the Many’, also suggested scrapping the single person discount – which gives those who live alone a 25 percent discount off their council tax bill.
Jeremy Corbyn’s plans to overhaul garden tax has been heavily criticised
Boris Johnson warned the proposals would ‘send tax bills soaring’
The Conservative Party calculated the average home would pay £374 a year more than they currently pay in council tax each year.
Matthew Lesh, head of research at the Adam Smith Institute think tank, told Express.co.uk: “Labour has completely misunderstood the nature of the housing crisis.
“Their proposals are nothing more than an attack on private ownership and development of land, of families having a stake in society and an asset that they can call their own.
“It would result in fewer people having the opportunity to own their own home, not so-called ‘Land for the Many’.
Jeremy Corbyn’s announced a new plan for garden tax in June
“Labour’s plans would wreak havoc on the housing market. Time and again we’ve seen when the state tries to control a market it leads to shortage and lower quality — but Corbyn has never learned.
“Young people want to own their own home, not rent from the state the rest of their lives. Rent controls too would cripple the market, which has failed everywhere in the world it has been tried.
“There is merit in reforming the council tax system, that is based on outdated 1991 valuations, but this means creating a single, regularly updated land value tax that replaces council tax, business rates and stamp duty in a revenue neutral manner.
“This is sensible tax reform that sadly Labour is undermining by putting it in the terms of class warfare.”
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Ben Harris-Quinney, chairman of The Bow Group think tank, warned Mr Corbyn’s recommendations a of council tax overhaul could result in the same disastrous outcome as the poll tax under the premiership of Margaret Thatcher.
This taxation was introduced in Scotland from 1989, and in England and Wales a year later, and provided a single flat-rate per-capita tax on every adult, at a rate set by the local authority.
But it was replaced in 1993 after sparking outrage, with protesters raging it was unfair and needlessly burdensome on those less well-off, leading to infamous riots.
Mr Harris-Quinney told Express.co.uk: “The garden tax would hit those in higher value houses but with a low income particularly hard, especially retirees in the south of the UK.
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“Ironically the effect may be similar to the poll tax with many struggling to pay a one size fits all tax that ignores income.”
James Heywood, senior researcher at the Centre for Policy Studies think tank, admitted the current council tax system is not bulletproof, but warned Mr Corbyn’s proposals would pile huge debt on tenants forced to pay hiked up rents from their landlords.
He told Express.co.uk: “The proposals for a new progressive property tax would end up being a significant tax rise by the back door.
“The new tax would be payable only by the property owner, meaning that tenants in the rental sector would no longer be the bill payers despite being the service users. It’s also unlikely renters would be any better off in reality as landlords would simply increase rents to reflect the new tax.
“The rates would be set nationally rather than locally, reducing local accountability and encouraging waste by councils who could blame higher bills on national Government.”
James Brokenshire described the proposals from Jeremy Corbyn as ‘extraordinary and deeply damaging’
A Labour Party spokesman told Express.co.uk: “This report outlines recommendations, not party policy.
“We will weigh up recommendations and develop our policies accordingly because the land system in Britain is dysfunctional, benefitting a small few at the expense of the many.”
Boris Johnson said at the time of the ‘Land for the Many’ launch: “Corbyn’s garden tax will send tax bills soaring, house prices plummeting, plunge people into negative equity and force families to build over their back gardens.”
Housing Secretary James Brokenshire told Express.co.uk at the time: “These proposals are extraordinary and deeply damaging in equal measure.
“This tax bombshell for families would mean family homes with gardens paying far more and higher taxes on pensioners by abolishing the single person discount.”