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Second Home Discounts to be Scrapped?

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7:01am 15th November 2012

Cornwall's second home owners could soon have to pay full council tax.

Officials want to scrap the discount they get at the moment.

Campaigners say they are delighted owners are being asked to do their bit for the local economy.

Hilary from Marazion wants it put back into rebuilding communities: "If they can afford a second home they should pay what the locals pay. In the summer the village is full of holidaymakers and you can't get from A to B, you can't park your car. In the winter there's just nothing here. All the shops are closed. It just caters for the tourists.

"People down here, they just can't afford it. Marazion is a really expensive place to buy houses. Prices are ridiculous round here. A lot of normal, everyday people can't afford them."

The 2011 census revealed that Cornwall had more second homes registered than anywhere else in the country. Across the UK 23,000 people have a second address in the Duchy.

At the moment they are given a 10% discount on their council tax but now Cornwall Council is considering scrapping that.

Opponents warn well used second homes make a contribution to local businesses which could be lost.

7:01am 15th November 2012

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