council tax support

  • Welfare reform in 2013

    Issue 233 (April 2013)
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    2013 is a landmark year in welfare reform. Simon Osborne outlines the main changes.

  • A new poll tax?

    If I lost my job tomorrow, one of the things that I would expect would be that while I was not earning, I would not be paying tax. However, in 26 out of 33 London boroughs this is not the case: I would still need to pay council tax.

  • A new poll tax? London's poorest and councils hit hard by Council Tax changes

    July 17, 2014
    press release

    London’s poorest families are struggling to pay council tax bills from their limited benefit income following cuts to council tax support, according to new figures published in a joint report by two leading London anti-poverty charities, the Child Poverty Action Group and Z2K.

    ‘A New Poll Tax?’ finds that nearly 4 in 10 Londoners affected by the replacement of Council Tax Benefit by local schemes have been unable to meet these payments and have received a court summons.

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  • Betty: still too poor to pay

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    Yesterday we published a new report with Z2K, which shows the impact that abolishing council tax benefit has had on low income Londoners. Still too poor to pay: three years of localised council tax support in London reveals that localising council tax support has led to increasing numbers of households receiving court summonses, falling into council tax arrears and being referred to bailiffs.

  • Council's tax policy ruled unlawful for penalising the poor

    July 30, 2014
    press release

    Child Poverty Action Group has won a legal test case for three vulnerable women who were charged a higher rate of council tax because they only recently moved into the area. The High Court struck down Sandwell Council's policy of refusing a council tax reduction to anyone who had not lived in the area for at least two years.

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  • LONDON SEES 51% SURGE IN USE OF BAILIFFS FOR COUNCIL TAX DEBTS

    September 1, 2016
    press release
    • Over 19,000 low income, sick and disabled Londoners were referred to bailiffs in 2015/16, a 51% increase on the previous year
    • 26 of 33 London boroughs charge council tax to households previously deemed too poor to pay (up from 24 in 2015/16)
    • Eight London boroughs hiked minimum charges for 2016/17 (up from 7 in 2015/16)
    • Since April 2013 at least 318,000 households have been unable to pay their new council tax charges and received a court summons as a result
    • Almost 250,00 of those same households have been charged over £27 million in court costs

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  • Still too poor to pay: three years of localised council tax support in London

    1 September 2016
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    Read the latest report from CPAG and Z2K in a series that examines how London council tax support schemes have changed in the last three years and analyses the impact these changes have had on claimants. Find out more

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  • The dark side of localism: when boroughs want to keep "council tax tourists" out

    In the 1949 Ealing comedy Passport to Pimlico, residents of the London borough set themselves up as a separate state with predictably comic results. When Pimlico’s governing committee lifts post-war rationing, shoppers flood to the new dominion only to find themselves trapped when its borders are later closed. As the local policeman puts it to one hapless refugee, “You should never have travelled abroad without your passport, madam”.