You know the score, business rates are currently collected centrally and then doled out according to need. The coalition is proposing to change this, so that business rates are collected by the council and spent by the council.
Polly\’s agin\’ this.
Odd really, for the whole idea of centralising the collection and distribution of business rates was one of the, at the time, hated innovations of Thatcherism. Oh, the wailing and the gnashing of the teeth when places like Liverpool would no longer be able to raise and spend funds as the duly elected councils saw fit.
I would use this as an example of quite how conservative (small c, not Conservative) Ms. Toynbee actually is. Whatever it is that is in place must be defended for fear of what change might bring. Despite having been against the current system before it was brought in.
That\’s just being a conservative, isn\’t it?