Prior to the non-election of this government most people on out of work benefits were not required to pay council tax. This was because they didn’t have any money. This system functioned reasonably well and ensured that sick, disabled or unemployed people were not simply paying back half of their meagre benefits to local government.
Despite this the Tories decided to tear up the rulebook and hand over the powers for helping the poorest pay their council tax to local authorities giving them free reign to charge whatever they chose. And to ensure maximum carnage, the amount of money made available for the new Council Tax Suppot scheme was cut by 10%.
Sadly many councils approached this chance to attack their most marginalised residents…
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