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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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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