Local government minister on new council tax changes
Our reforms will localise council tax support and give councils stronger incentives to support local firms, cut fraud, promote local enterprise and get people into work. We are ending the 'something for nothing' culture and making work pay.
Under the last government, council tax bills doubled.
The coalition Government has worked with councils to freeze council tax for two years, with a further freeze offered for this year.
We are cutting council tax in real terms for hard-working families and pensioners, and we are on the side of people who work hard and want to get on.
Researchers have warned that a variation in rates of council tax support could undermine the Government's new universal credit, which is meant to simplify the welfare system and ensure it always makes financial sense to take a job.
The axeing of council tax benefit has major implications for universal credit, which is supposed to be all about simplifying welfare and giving people a stronger incentive to work.
"These changes undermine both goals. There will now be a highly-complex and confusing patchwork of local support while the low-paid will keep even less of an extra pound in earnings than the Government has claimed."
– Matthew Pennycook, Resolution Foundation independent research group