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London sees 51% surge in use of bailiffs for council tax debts

01 September 2016
Over 19,000 low income, sick and disabled Londoners were referred to bailiffs in 2015/16, a 51% increase on the previous year. 26 of 33 London boroughs charge council tax to households previously deemed too poor to pay (up from 24 in 2015/16). Eight London boroughs hiked minimum charges for 2016/17 (up from 7 in 2015/16).

London’s poorest hit by cuts to council tax support

30 July 2015
 Two years on from the abolition of national council tax benefit, tens of thousands of low-income Londoners are still reeling in the face of local payment demands, a report from Child Poverty Action Group (CPAG) and Z2K reveals. Too poor to pay tracks the impact of the second year (2014-15) of localised council tax support schemes which replaced national council tax benefit in April 2013.

Council's tax policy ruled unlawful for penalising the poor

30 July 2014
Child Poverty Action Group has won a legal test case for three vulnerable women who were charged a higher rate of council tax because they only recently moved into the area. The High Court struck down Sandwell Council's policy of refusing a council tax reduction to anyone who had not lived in the area for at least two years.

A new poll tax? London's poorest and councils hit hard by Council Tax changes

17 July 2014
London’s poorest families are struggling to pay council tax bills from their limited benefit income following cuts to council tax support, according to new figures published in a joint report by two leading London anti-poverty charities, the Child Poverty Action Group and Z2K.

New research shows councils in London fear housing crisis fuelled by welfare reform

11 June 2014
Cuts to benefits have left families in London struggling and unsure how they will afford to stay living in their area, according to a new CPAG report released today. Based on interviews with councils, advice services and parents as well a review of existing evidence, the report highlights that these key groups share the same fear: a housing crisis uprooting families from their homes and communities, with children’s education facing huge disruption by these forced moves.

Budget 2014: Child Poverty Action Group on the impact on families

19 March 2014
Responding to the Chancellor’s Budget Statement today Alison Garnham, Chief Executive of Child Poverty Action Group, said: “Today’s Budget tries to lock-in austerity for millions of low-paid families, poor children, carers and disabled people...

Family finances hit by £2.3 billion bombshell in April

01 April 2013
Low income households will have their family finances hit by multiple cuts this month. The main cuts are: bedroom tax (housing benefit penalties for excess rooms in social sector) - £490m; council tax benefit localised and devolved budgets cut by 10% - £485m; local housing allowance annual uprate at CPI (instead of RPI) - £90m; benefit cap introduced - £290m; tax credit disregard for in-year increases reduced to £5,000 - £455m; working age benefits and tax credits: uprating capped at 1% - £505m.

CPAG response to Work & Pension Committee's Universal Credit report

22 November 2012
 Alison Garnham, Chief Executive of Child Poverty Action Group, has responded to the Work and Pensions Committee’s report on implementation of Universal Credit. On the implementation programme for Universal Credit, she said: “Ministers risk a ‘told you so’ moment in the future if they ignore this constructive warning...

Overhyped Budget does little for families

27 April 2012
Key points from Budget 2012: £2.165 billion of cuts to support for working families to go ahead next month; child poverty still expected to rise by an average of 100,000 children a year under Coalition’s spending plans; hundreds of thousands of low earners will gain just £33 from the tax threshold rise, not £220 as was claimed.