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Still too poor to pay: three years of localised council tax support in London

31 August 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.

What do experts and professionals think of the ‘local welfare safety net’?

17 November 2015
Does local discretion on social security deliver ‘localism in action’ or a postcode lottery? That’s one of the questions being asked by the Commons Work and Pensions select committee in looking at the interaction between the national benefits system and locally-run schemes.

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.

Too poor to pay

29 July 2015
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 tax support is for people on low incomes, in or out-of-work, and reduces the amount of their council tax bill they are liable for.

Too poor to pay

29 July 2015
Since localisation of council tax support, over 123,000 Londoners have fallen into arrears on a bill they were previous deemed too poor to pay.

CTR minimum residency rule

Issue 242 (October 2014)
In R (Winder and others) v Sandwell MBC, the High Court ruled that a local authority could not lawfully adopt a council tax reduction (CTR) scheme that was restricted only to those who had lived in the borough for two years. Michael Spencer discusses the case and its implications for CTR schemes and localised welfare more generally.

The dark side of localism: when boroughs want to keep "council tax tourists" out

14 August 2014
In the 1949 Ealing comedy Passport to Pimlico, residents of the London borough set themselves up as a separate state with predictably comic results. When Pimlico’s governing committee lifts post-war rationing, shoppers flood to the new dominion only to find themselves trapped when its borders are later closed.

Council's tax policy ruled unlawful for penalising the poor

30 July 2014
CPAG 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.

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.