12:46 am, Tue 05 Feb 2013
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.
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.