Second home owners lose council tax loophole

Owners of second homes in England are set to lose council tax discounts as part of new powers to be given to local authorities.

Presently, second homes can receive as much as a 50% discount, but councils may soon be able to remove or reduce the relief.

The change forms part of new plans due to be unveiled today by Communities Secretary Eric Pickles. The money saved would be used to keep overall council tax bills down.

Mr Pickles said: “Under Labour, council tax went through the roof. This Government has scrapped Labour’s council tax revaluation and is helping freeze council tax for two years.