Merrick Cockell, Chairman of the Local Government Association
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Plan to remove 'granny flat' council tax

Up to 300,000 families in England could benefit from proposals to remove council tax from so-called "granny flats", according to the government.

Ministers are also considering changing planning laws to make it easier to convert garages and other outbuildings into homes for elderly relatives.

Some exemptions already exist for over 65s living in annexes but Communities Secretary Eric Pickles wants to broaden those out to cover any family member.

Merrick Cockell, Chairman of the Local Government Association, said he would like more local councils to be left to decide the right approach for their area rather than central government.

  • 02 Jun 2012