Second homes extra tax plan

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OWNERS of empty and second homes in Sheffield are set to face extra taxes which could raise up to £3.3 million.

Sheffield Council’s ruling Labour councillors have said they will make use of powers introduced by the Government as part of reforms to council finances.

Full details of what taxes will be levied have yet to be revealed.

The move has been welcomed by opposition Lib Dem councillors.

Coun Simon Clement-Jones, Sheffield Council’s Lib Dem finance spokesman, said: “I’m pleased the Coalition Government has introduced powers to tax second and empty homes, which could raise £3 million for local services. Not only will these powers help plug the budget gap, they will also tackle the eyesore of empty buildings.”