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14

Apr

Support for council tax bills is becoming increasingly patchwork

In the fourth year of local Council Tax Support (CTS), disparities between the amount of support received by low income claimants in different areas are larger than ever before. O…

  • 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

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

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

08

May

Is real localism possible during a time of austerity?

One of the key announcements in today’s Queen’s Speech was the introduction of new support arrangements for carers. The move will see carers afforded a statutory right to financial…

  • Author: Sabrina Bushe
  • Category: Local Government

28

Mar

Council Tax Support: postcode poverty

Today, the Joseph Rowntree Foundation publishes research conducted by the New Policy Institute on the localisation of Council Tax Benefit. In April 2013 Council Tax Benefit will be…

  • Author: Sabrina Bushe
  • Category: Council Tax

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

22

Feb

Working in Local Government: high value jobs with low reward

Today we published a report with Unison showing that people working in local government are far from the stereotypical overpaid bureaucrats. They are often the lowest paid and doin…

  • Author: Hannah Aldridge
  • Category: Local Government

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