GWYNNE SLAMS COUNCIL TAX benefit changes

making-moneyDenton and Reddish MP Andrew Gwynne has slammed changes to Council Tax that will mean millions of people in England on low incomes are facing a rise in council tax from April 2013, at a time when top earners will get a tax cut.

The Resolution Foundation report, No Clear Benefit, shows that , currently, 74 per cent  of local authorities plan to demand a new or higher payment from the lowest-income households.  As a result,  many households with no one in employment who are currently exempt from council tax will have to pay the tax for the first time – typically between £96 and £255 a year.

Eric Pickles has lectured councillors that they have a moral duty not to increase council tax bills this year, but the Tory-led Government is planning a council tax bombshell of their own by increasing the bills paid by people on low incomes.

Andrew Gwynne MP said:

“This is tax rise on people who work hard but are on low incomes, on carers, the disabled and single mums. What they all have in common is that they don’t have a lot of money. It’s unfair and it’s wrong.

“George Osborne is balancing the books for his millionaire’s tax cut on the backs of the poorest through council tax rises in April. Labour want to bring down the welfare bill, but the way we do that is with jobs. The best way to cut the welfare bill is to get the economy growing.”

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