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Last Updated: Saturday, 11 February 2006, 16:44 GMT
Second homes cash helps children
Revenue collected on second homes in the Cotswolds have helped fund sports coaching sessions for local youngsters.

A change in the law allowed the local authority to cut Council Tax discounts on second homes from 50% to 10%, generating more cash.

The council is using the money to hold free football coaching for girls and boys aged 5 to 16 during the half term.

The scheme is one of several projects for young people and the elderly supported by the Second Homes Fund.

Council leader Julie Girling said: "It seems appropriate that people who are able to afford a second home in the district and enjoy the facilities provided here should give something back to the local community through this Council Tax scheme."

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