Two-thirds of local authorities in England are from April planning to demand council tax payments from working-age households which are currently exempt, according to new research. The finding comes in a survey of local authorities undertaken jointly by the New Policy Institute and Resolution Foundation into how councils are responding to the abolition of council tax benefit. Just over 320 councils in England must decide by the end of the month how they will implement the successor, known as council tax support, which comes with a 10% cut in central funding and rules ensuring full protection for pensioners. It will save national government up to £500m a year. ConDems are bringing in the Poll Tax to destroy the poor.
These proposals will hit people unbelievably hard. Cause untold poverty, arrears, sanctions, court costs, non-payment, bailliffs and homelessness. Claimants are already poor how the hell are they expected to contribute to their council tax. Food prices are increasing, fuel prices increasing, rent increases and so on. People will be reduced to barely surviving. More usage of food banks and at some point I wouldn’t be surprised if there will be Serco/A4E/Crapita run workhouses.
Rather like the slogan from the anti-Poll Tax Campaign, “Can’t Pay Won’t Pay”…. will be back in 2013-2014, the struggle needs to be politicised. Solidarity work is a necessity in regards to grass roots campaigning and supporting people who face arrears, court hearings, bailiffs and homelessness. Below is a snap-shot of a couple of London Councils and their increases regarding how much extra people will have to pay. Camden and Tower Hamlets are mimicking the present system, while Bromley it’s 25% along with Newham being 20%.
The inevitable consequence will be that people will have to move. ConDems want to create a real underclass.
Barking and Dagenham – proposal 15%
Barnet – proposal between 10% and 25%
Bexley – proposal 5%
True blue Bromley council – increase minimum of 25%. Bromley likes to hammer the poor.
Camden – The deduction proposed for the year 2013- 2014 is £3 per week (mimicking present system)
Newham – minimum of 20 per cent of their council tax bill.
Brent – 20per cent of Council Tax
Hackney – proposal Council Tax Benefit claimants of working age will be required to pay at least 15% of their weekly Council Tax bill.
Tower Hamlets – would have to pay an extra £3 in Council Tax per week approximately (mimicking Camden)