Councils face court over tax

UK councils are facing high court action, following the release of new council tax policies, which residents claim will hit the poorest hardest. Today, law firm Irwin Mitchell are launching legal action against five councils.

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Haringey council 'unable to comment' over council tax

Haringey Council is one of the councils being taken to court by local residents who are angry that they could end up paying hundreds of pounds extra in council tax.

Campaigners say the changes to council tax benefit will hit the poorest people in the borough hardest.

In view of the ongoing legal proceedings we are unable to comment further at this stage.

– HARINGEY COUNCIL STATEMENT

Poorest could be hardest hit by council tax changes

  • The government is cutting the amount of money it spends on council tax benefit by ten per cent
  • From April, council tax benefit will be abolished and councils will be responsible for administering its replacement called the Council Tax Reduction Scheme
  • Councils have to decide whether to absorb the ten per cent cut, or make the poorest people, who tend to be those who are eligible for the benefit, pay
  • Six million families receive council tax benefit, but pensioners are excluded from the change, meaning just over three million benefit

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UK councils face high court action over council tax

UK councils are facing high court action, following the release of new council tax policies, which residents claim will hit the poorest hardest.

The Government has abolished Council Tax Benefit, handing control to local authorities, allowing them to determine how the money is allocated among claimants.

An aerial view of houses on streets in east London, as millions of low-income households face a steep rise in council tax bills from April Credit: Dominic Lipinski/PA Wire

The reduction scheme, will save the Government £470 million, as funding made available to local authorities is reduced by ten per cent.

This could mean councils are left with a shortfall if they intend to keep the level of existing payments.

Today, law firm Irwin Mitchell are launching legal action against Haringey council after being instructed by a resident who believe proposals in their region are unfair.

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