Shadow minister Chris Williamson, a staunch ally of Jeremy Corbyn, revealed that hundreds of pounds would be put on annual household bills – and he joked that people would “whinge” about it.
Mr Williamson, shadow minister for Fire and Emergency Services, wants Labour councils to add a sliding rate of council tax to Band D properties and above, starting at 20 per cent but rising to 100 per cent for those in Band H properties.
Band D is the median on which councils base their budgets but are now seemingly viewed by Labour as “affluent” homes to be targeted with increases.
Thirty-four per cent of properties in England are Band D or above, meaning eight million households would see council tax hiked by at least 20 per cent.
For those living in the nearly four million properties in Band D alone, the plans would add almost £320 a year to the average bill.
Those residing in the more than two million properties which are Band F and above would see a rise of more than 50 per cent.
Mr Williamson, MP for Derby North, laid out the controversial scheme in the socialist Morning Star newspaper last week.
Tory MP Maria Caulfield said the tax raid would hit those who had saved for decades to buy a home of their own.
“This is evidence yet again that Labour’s only instinct is to increase taxes,” she said.
“These plans would add almost £320 a year to ordinary working people’s council tax bills. Labour wants its councils to hike council tax as a precursor to even bigger tax rises under any Labour government.
“Whether in Whitehall or a town hall, Labour always takes it too far.”
In his column, Mr Williamson – described by Mr Corbyn as “a very great friend” – wrote: “Labour-controlled authorities could decide to introduce a progressive differential council tax that would enable them…to levy a sufficient council tax increase on more affluent households. Those in Bands D to H would pay a progressively higher increase. This could be from 20 per cent for Band D up to 100 per cent for Band H.”
Last month, Mr Williamson said his proposals would lead to “whinging” from the middle classes.
“We can have a progressively bigger increase for Bands D-H…Now some of them, of course, will be whinging about that, won’t they?”
John O’Connell, chief executive of the TaxPayers’ Alliance, said: “When millions of taxpayers are already struggling to pay the bills, politicians should be working to reduce the burden of council tax, not increase it.”