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12

Nov

Council cuts consultations must offer wider range of options including tax rises, court rules

In the first case of its kind, the Supreme Court has ruled  that a local authority’s consultation on its Council Tax Support scheme was unfair and therefore unlawful. At…

  • Author: Peter Kenway
  • Category: Council Tax

14

Jul

Council tax arrears rise fastest where support is cut most

In recent days, the Department for Communities and Local Government (DCLG) has released new statistics on council tax collection in England. Covering the period April 2013 to March…

  • Author: Sabrina Bushe
  • Category: Council Tax

09

Apr

Labour and Conservatives are choosing the poll tax over the 'safety net'

In our opening blog yesterday, we used Cameron’s row with the Catholic hierarchy to make the point that alongside the better known cash benefits, the social security safety net als…

  • Author: Peter Kenway
  • Category: Social Security and Welfare Reform

26

Mar

Council tax held down for all but the poor

As the government boasts that it has held down council tax increases for a fourth year in a row, it’s ignoring the council tax hikes faced by millions of low income households. Th…

  • Author: Peter Kenway
  • Category: Council Tax

19

Aug

The flexibility of the council tax system makes it ideal for reform

Jonathan Portes’ Guardian article in favour of a housing services tax looks good on paper. But, would such a tax really require the abolition of council tax and its system of bands…

  • Author: Peter Kenway
  • Category: Social Security and Welfare Reform

07

Feb

Nick Clegg and Council Tax: More joy in heaven over one sinner who repenteth

Back in 2004, as the Labour government moved towards deciding how to bring council tax up-to-date (having made a commitment to do so back in 2001), NPI (in its guise as the Centre …

  • Author: Peter Kenway
  • Category: Council Tax

07

Dec

The localisation of Council Tax Support: autonomy constrained

In April 2013, Council Tax Benefit (CTB) will be replaced with Council Tax Support (CTS). This marks one of the most significant reforms of the welfare system for sixty years. Unli…

  • Author: Sabrina Bushe
  • Category: Council Tax

13

Sep

A tax for the poorest which flies in the face of universal credit too

While Universal Credit is dominating the welfare debate, the replacement for council tax benefit – the most widely claimed means tested benefit – goes largely unnoticed. A key reas…

  • Author: Peter Kenway
  • Category: Council Tax

24

Oct

A poisoned chalice for local government

NPI's new analysis of the Government’s consultation document on council tax benefit shows that English local authorities will either have to absorb the CTB cut themselves or tax th…

  • Author: Peter Kenway
  • Category: Local Government

13

Jan

Council Tax Benefit: the effect of a 10 percent cut

To cut Council Tax Benefit by 10% risks damaging a very effective political safety valve.  Are Coalition politicians sure this is what they want in 2013? With some 5.8 million rec…

  • Author: Peter Kenway
  • Category: Council Tax