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Benefit cuts hit 300,000 of the poorest households with hefty council tax hikes

Sentinel News

  • Cuts to local benefit schemes mean big council tax rises for low income households
  • 39 councils will impose tax hikes on nearly all poor working age residents
  • Court summonses and bailiff action likely to ensue, with picture worsening in coming years

By Chaminda Jayanetti

Up to 300,000 households on the lowest incomes face inflation-busting council tax rises from next month after one in five councils across England cut local benefit schemes.

Sentinel News has found that 58 out of 304 councils are making cuts from this April to their local Council Tax Support (CTS) schemes, which cover the council tax bills of the poorest residents.

Council tax is one of the most regressive taxes, as it eats further into poorer households’ budgets than those of rich households. This has been compounded by CTS cuts.

Across England, 39 councils are cutting CTS for almost all working age claimants, thereby imposing much…

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