Doubling council tax for second home owners discussed at Broadland’s social media night

Broadland candidates get together for a live Q&A. Left to right, Chris Jones, Andrew Boswell, Keith

Broadland candidates get together for a live Q&A. Left to right, Chris Jones, Andrew Boswell, Keith Simpson, Stuart Agnew and Steve Riley. Picture: ANTONY KELLY - Credit: Archant

A revision of the council tax system for second home-owners in Norfolk has been mooted by some Broadland parliamentary candidates.

At the lively social media night in Norwich tonight, the five politicians vying for the seat were asked if the would consider doubling council tax for those who have a second property in the county.

The UK Independence Party's Stuart Agnew said the amount paid by those wishing to live in desirable areas of Norfolk should be 'doubled at the very least' to help young people wanting to get on the property market.

He said: 'The trouble is they can also easily afford a double council tax in many cases, so it should be at the very least double to have any effect.

'Proving the definition of a second home may prove tricky. Who actually counts the nights spent there? However this is a step in the right direction and sends out the signal that young people in Norfolk are suffering from the existence of the 'second homer'.'

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Green Party candidate Andrew Boswell said he would also want to increase council tax on second homes to enable support for services and amenities in rural communities. He said: 'We also need to ensure that the money goes back into the area from which it is raised.'

Yet Conservative Keith Simpson said he would not consider the change because of the impact on parents who have bought a home for their children.

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Candidates Chris Jones (Labour) and Steve Riley (Liberal Democrat) were also quizzed for an hour by readers online.

Other issues raised included the cost of bus passes for teenagers, provision of safe cycling and walking routes, GP shortages and vote registration.

To read the full questions and answers see the window below.

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