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Scrap ‘highly regressive’ council tax, says thinktank

Resolution Foundation says levy now resembles much maligned poll tax and should be replaced with more progressive system.

Social care postcode gap widens for older people

Council funding cuts have reduced help for the old in deprived areas, study shows.

Britons ready to pay more council tax to fund social care

Survey finds 57% would pay extra to reverse shortfall caused by years of cuts.

Benefit cuts blamed for 51% surge in use of bailiffs for council tax debts

London has seen a 51% hike in the use of bailiffs to chase down the debts from the capital’s poorest households.

360,000 families afflicted by council tax poverty trap

Previously exempt households in arrears crisis as benefits are cut; while Liverpool city council is owed £10m in council tax.

Council tax debt collection tactics pushing people further into the red

Citizens Advice report highlights how some councils add extra charges to a debt, send in bailiffs and take court action before trying to arrange repayment plans.

Debt Charities Warn Of Record Levels Of Council Tax Arrears

Two debt charities have called on local authorities to end the practice of passing vulnerable residents Council Tax debts to bailiffs.

Using Council Tax To Offset Care Cuts ‘Will Widen Gap Between Rich And Poor’

Disadvantaged areas will be able to raise too little extra revenue to make any difference, says influential thinktank.

MPs Warn Older People Will Suffer Due To Delays In Care Cost Cap

Public accounts committee says cuts in local government could mean costs fall on other services, carers or people cared for.

Universal Credit Could Make Working Less More Attractive For Some – Study

Welfare programme faces significant design problems and needs serious reform, nine-month review concludes.

Huge Surge In Poorest Families Summoned To Court Over Unpaid Council Tax

Figures show that more than 3 million people in England were taken to court by local authorities in 2013/14 over unpaid council tax.

People Hit By Council Tax Support Cuts Are Broke, But The System Is Broken

Court rooms are clogged with people who have fallen behind on payments since support funds were axed, yet the rich still fail to pay their fair share of the tax.

270,000 Bedroom Tax Victims Hit By Cuts In Council Tax Support

Of the 380,000 families affected by the hated 'bedroom tax', 70% (270,000) have also seen their Council Tax support cut.

Council Tax Debt Problems Soar 20% In A Year

Council tax debt has overtaken credit cards as the most common form of debt requiring advice and support, says a leading charity.

Poor Face Higher Council Tax Bills, Warns LGA

Low-income working families and people in receipt of social security benefits may have to pay higher council tax bills.

Letters: End The Injustice Of Tax Avoidance

If central government were as efficient as local government in collecting taxes then funding problems would be greatly eased, writes Cllr Sam Corcoran.

Draconian Council Tax Rule Unlawful, Says Judge

A draconian rule which saw 3,600 Sandwell residents being forced to pay a higher rate in Council Tax has been ruled unlawful.

Council Tax Benefit Axe Pushing London’s Poorest To ‘Breaking Point’ As 118,000 Receive Court Summons

Z2K and CPAG are calling on the Government to scrap this policy and return to a national, fully funded system of Council Tax Benefit.

Tory Councils Charge The Most Council Tax, Say Labour

According to a Labour analysis of the most recent available figures, Labour councils charge on average £334 per year less than Tory-run councils and £300 less than Liberal Democrat councils.

3.8 Million Families Living On A ‘Knife Edge’, Say Shelter

3.8 MILLION families could be just one paycheck away from losing their home, the housing and homeless charity Shelter has warned.

Bedroom Tax Vs Mansion Subsidy

Press Release: Cheshire East Council Labour councillors supported a proposal to consider removing council tax discounts for single people living in houses above average size (band E and above).




Employment grant for disabled people to rise by £15k, but is it enough?

Critics argue £57k cap on 'Access To Work' scheme should be lifted completely.

Grieving daughter handed her mother’s ashes to benefits assessor to prove she wasn’t ‘fit for work’

Inexcusable and heartless blunder by the Department for Work and Pensions.

Scrap ‘highly regressive’ council tax, says thinktank

Resolution Foundation says levy now resembles much maligned poll tax and should be replaced with more progressive system.

Tory welfare cuts ‘£3bn deeper than expected’

New figures reveal the freeze on working age benefits will erode household incomes much more deeply than originally forecast.

Corbyn urged to win votes by pledging £10bn more on care for disabled elderly

Fabian Society research identifies shortfall in funding for 1.2 million older people.

Terminally ill to be given priority over benefit underpayments, says McVey

Work and Pensions Secretary vowed to prioritise "any individuals whom we know from our systems to be terminally ill".