In April 2013 the national system of Council Tax Benefit was devolved to local authorities, along with a 10 per cent funding cut. While several London boroughs have found the additional savings needed to bridge this cut in funding, the majority have introduced a Minimum Payment.
A new poll tax? is the first comprehensive study of the impact on Londoners from this change. CPAG and Z2K have examined the differing levels of Minimum Payment, collection rates and the numbers of people who have fallen into arrears. The report reveals the changes have caused widespread hardship for individuals and families already struggling on low wages or reliant on benefits and made it more complicated for councils to collect council tax payments – many resorting to the use of private bailiffs to make collection on their behalf.