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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

09

Jan

Benefits uprating - oppose the Bill, defend the principle

The wording of the Welfare Benefits Uprating Bill, which limits the annual increases in tax credits and most working-age social security benefits to 1% in both 2014 and 2015, is ut…

  • Authors: Peter Kenway, Tom MacInnes
  • Category: Social Security and Welfare Reform

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

03

Dec

The implications of a freeze on benefits

It has been widely rumoured that the Chancellor will announce in the Autumn Statement on Wednesday that the value of some benefits will be frozen to reduce the public sector defici…

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

30

Nov

Welfare reform making poor people poorer

Every year, the New Policy Institute produces a comprehensive overview of patterns and trends in poverty and social exclusion for the Joseph Rowntree Foundation. In this, our fifte…

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

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

04

May

Poverty and welfare reform in Northern Ireland

In Belfast earlier this week we launched our latest report on poverty in Northern Ireland. The launch is an opportunity for us to disseminate the findings of research, but also see…

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

03

Nov

Disability and mobility

The Low Review of the proposed withdrawal of DLA mobility from care home residents is a sharp reminder that disabled people have the same mobility needs as anyone else.Chaired by …

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

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