The Council Tax Handbook is the most widely used practical guide to all aspects of the council tax as it applies in England, Wales and Scotland.
11 March 2019
In the last few years, a slew of reports have been published focusing on the impact of the coalition government’s decision to localise various elements of the national social security system, including council tax benefit (now council tax support) and the discretionary social fund (now local welfare assistance).
25 October 2017
As the elected Mayor of Bedford Borough, in 2013 I faced 40 per cent cuts in local government financing, a new localism agenda and welfare reform.
01 September 2017
After producing three previous reports on the impact of the localisation of council tax benefit in London, Child Poverty Action Group (CPAG) and Zacchaeus 2000 Trust (Z2K) have continued to monitor developments in 2017/18.
02 September 2016
Yesterday we published a new report with Z2K, which shows the impact that abolishing council tax benefit has had on low income Londoners. Still too poor to pay: three years of localised council tax support in London reveals that localising council tax support has led to increasing numbers of households receiving court summonses, falling into council tax arrears and being referred to bailiffs.
01 September 2016
Read the latest report from CPAG and Z2K in a series that examines how London council tax support schemes have changed in the last three years and analyses the impact these changes have had on claimants.
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).