Prescott under fire over council tax payments

Deputy prime minister John Prescott is accused of avoiding paying council tax
on the properties he uses.

The Office of the Deputy Prime Minister admitted last week that he does not
pay council tax on his ‘grace-and-favour’ apartment in Whitehall, and council
tax on his official country residence in Dorneywood, Buckinghamshire, is paid by
a charitable trust which looks after the home.

Prescott, who oversees council tax policies, may also have claimed exemption
from the tax on his home in Hull, which he is able to as his second home, The
Sunday Times reports.

The Liberal Democrats said they would write to the cabinet secretary Sir Gus
O’Donnell demanding an explanation over Prescott’s council tax payments.

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