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Hilary Benn MP, Labour's Shadow Communities and Local Government Secretary, responding to The Lord Jenkin of Roding’s remarks likening the Tory-led Government's changes to council tax benefit to the Poll Tax, said:

"When the architect of Thatcher’s Poll Tax – which contributed to her downfall – tells David Cameron that he's making the same mistake, it’s time for the Government to sit up and listen. 

"Local authorities, charities and the Labour Party have been warning that Pickles’ Poll Tax will be a disaster. 

"A council tax rise on the poorest coming in on the same day as a tax cut for millionaires shows just how out of touch the Government is.  It’s time for them to reverse this disaster in the making."

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