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09

Apr

What is the future of Council Tax Support?

In April 2013 Council Tax Benefit (CTB) was replaced with 326 local Council Tax Support (CTS) schemes in England while funding for CTS from central government was cut by 10%. Every…

  • Author: Theo Barry Born
  • Category: Council Tax

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

08

Aug

Benefit recipients must not be pawns in policy games

The High Court’s decision that Sandwell’s residency test for entitlement to council tax support was “unlawful” was a moment of sanity in the contradictory w…

  • Author: Peter Kenway
  • Category: Local Government

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

22

Apr

Welfare reforms have cut the 'safety net' for 1.75 million families

The last in our 'safety net’ blog series, this blog looks at how many families have an income below the ‘safety net’ as a result of welfare reforms. Research released this week by…

  • Author: Hannah Aldridge
  • Category: Social Security and Welfare Reform

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

02

Apr

Why the poorest households face a council tax bill increase five times the average

Poorer families could face year-on-year cuts in the safety net following changes to Council Tax Support. New research by the New Policy Institute for the Joseph Rowntree Foundatio…

  • Author: Sabrina Bushe
  • Category: Council Tax

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

05

Sep

Is Universal Credit worth saving?

The National Audit Office (NAO) report ‘Universal Credit: Early Progress’ published today was as damning as is possible for such a report. It criticised the governance, planning an…

  • Author: Tom MacInnes
  • Category: Social Security and Welfare Reform

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