Saturday, 6 October 2012

Poll tax bombshell predicted

The Times reports that ministers are warning of a “poll tax bombshell” when new rules due next year will mean that low earners will have to pay council tax for the first time. It says that upheaval in the way council tax is administered is likely to see potentially hefty rises for most households. The source of the concern is the decision to cut by 10% the £5bn spent on help with council tax bills for 5.9m low income families and, at the same time, to transfer responsibility for the benefit from central government to town halls, asking councils to design their own systems of support for the vulnerable. Councils are obliged to give pensioners the same level of benefits, and are expected to do likewise for people with disabilities. But people on low incomes who currently receive maximum benefit could have to start paying some council tax, and are expected to see their level of relief sharply withdrawn as soon as they get part-time work. A report on the subject from the Institute of Fiscal Studies says: "The poll tax experience showed how difficult it can be to collect small amounts of tax from low-income households that are not used to paying it”. It is understood that Eric Pickles is in talks with the Treasury to see if there is any extra help to be offered to councils.
Source: The Times,

1 comment:

  1. I have been living in Chalkhill more than 20 years. It was a horrible place to live with issues such as anti social behaviour and gangs. Sometimes you’d spend all your time indoors because, of anti social behaviour and gang activities taking place in front of residents homes.
    As you may remember around 2009 the number of gangs within the Chalkhill area had increased. Somali young gangsters were one of the gangs that took over the Chalkhill estate. The majority of Somali young boys grew up in single mother families.
    The young gangsters were doing horrific things to residents. However, since a Somali councillor was elected at Barnhill the situation improved. This is because councillor Abdi helped us to get rid of those Somali gangsters by using his native language and culture.
    On behalf of other victims of gang crime and Chalkhill residents I would like to thank councillor Abdi and his colleague Councillor Shafique. Councillor Abdi has put in a lot of hard work and effort to fulfil the needs of the Chalkhill residents. His commitment to the residents of Chalkhill has had a great impact on the estate.
    Mrs Zainab