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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

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

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

02

Apr

Council Tax Support is a bad reform not just because it hits the poor

This week, in a series of blogs, we are looking at the five main changes to social security benefits being introduced this ‘Black April’. All impact mainly or wholly on low income …

  • Author: Peter Kenway
  • Category: Council Tax

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

05

Mar

Transitional grant for local council tax support schemes: too little, too late?

Local Government Minister, Brandon Lewis, announced today that all councils that bid for transitional grant funding to assist in the first year of running council tax support will …

  • Author: Sabrina Bushe
  • 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

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