Council tax fears

A woman has lost a high court appeal that would have prevented her local council increasing the amount of council tax she now pays. It comes after plans were announced that would see millions of households in the UK pay more council tax.

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Haringey woman to continue tax fight

A woman from Haringey is already planning an appeal against a high court's ruling to uphold her local council's decision to make certain residents pay more of their council tax.

"We are disappointed with the decision, which potentially means that 25,000 of the poorest, most vulnerable people in Haringey face the prospect of paying council tax for the first time. However, the judge has granted permission to appeal the ruling which we hope will take place as soon as possible. Research has shown that council tax bills could rise by up to £600 a year from April for some households. This is a lot of money to low-income families and many will simply not be able to afford the extra payments as they are already struggling to cover the basics such as food and heating."

– The lawyer representing the woman who can't be named for legal reasons

Woman vows to continue council tax battle

A single mother is set to take a council tax fight with her local authority to the Court of Appeal after failing in a High Court challenge.

The woman, who cannot be identified for legal reasons, says the London Borough of Haringey acted unlawfully when consulting on a council tax reduction scheme.

Households could see a rise in council tax of nearly £600
Households could see a rise in council tax of nearly £600 Credit: PA

The court case comes after news that millions of the countries poorest household could face an increase in the amount of council tax they pay from April.

Independent researchers the Resolution Foundation found that some of them could end up paying an extra 20% of their full council tax bill, that before may have be subsidised by benefits.