- 3 updates
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.
- 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
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.
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.