Ministers have said any local authority increasing levies by more than 2% must hold a referendum and an authority which loses such a vote should have to revert to a lower increase in bills.Ok. I'm with you so far. A 2% rise means a referendum. Or maybe a 2.01% rise, as it does say 'more than' 2%. Well.. we can leave that to the lawyers. We can, for sure, agree that a rise of LESS than 2% will not requre a referendum, yeah?
But according to the Daily Telegraph, some councils have taken legal advice to put up taxes by 1.99% - a practice denounced by the communities and local government secretary as "dodging democracy".Those bastards! They're not doing the thing that the government doesn't want them to do. How Very Dare They.
[Pickles] raised the prospect of lowering the threshold for a referendum in future and said he would legislate to close any other loopholes which enable councils to avoid such votes.Hey, dumbnuts, that's no more a loophole than driving at 69.9mph on the M1.