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Council Tax rebate illegal

A plan to offer a years free Council Tax as an incentive to recycle has been shelved after advice from lawyers.

Bristol City Council was told it was illegal to offer money off the tax.

The authority had to settle for a prize of £200, which will be awarded to people that use their black box correctly, are picked by council officers and answer a question correctly.

Liberal Democrat council chairman Gary Hopkins said: A £200 prize is a significant amount of money for most people. In the long term, it will save the council money because it will help to improve our recycling rates.

A spokesman added: The lawyers told us the Council Tax idea could not be done, but perhaps the legislation will change. The council sees incentives as crucial to raising recycling rates.

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