Poorest people will be hit by new tax systm
The latest round of Coalition Government austerity measures are about to hit the poorest people in our local community.
From April 1 the council tax benefit system will be replaced by a local council tax support system. The government is reducing by 10 per cent the grant paid to local authorities to help residents with the costs of council tax.
Councils have the choice of absorbing the 10 per cent cut or passing it on to their poorest residents. Pensioners and some disabled people are exempt from these changes, so the impact will fall heavily on people of working age with very low incomes.
Bath and North and East Somerset have decided to pass on its shortfall.
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The new council tax support will only be paid up to a maximum of 78 per cent, whereas at present up to 100 per cent of council tax bills are paid when someone is eligible for help.
Many families on very low wages and people on benefits will have to find extra money which in some cases could amount to more than £200 extra a year.
In addition, child benefit and child maintenance will in future be counted as income which will reduce still further the amount of support many families will receive.
How much money will the council have to spend chasing some of the poorest people in the area for non-payment ?
The government is woefully out of touch with the hardship and poverty that their policies are creating.
Recently a government spokesman said that food banks should only be needed in dire emergencies because benefits ensured that nobody had to go without food.
This is false and locally more people are using food banks every week.
Many households are already struggling to cope with falling wages, reducing tax credits and benefits in the face of rising food and fuel bills.
The government promotes work as a way out of poverty and yet over 60 per cent of the people affected by the latest round of cuts are already in work.
The additional blow of reduced help with the council tax will only increase hardship and put greater pressure on local services.
Pam Richards Station Road Lower Weston, Bath