council taxAndrew Gwynne MP has condemned the Tory-led Government following the release of new figures showing that thousands of vulnerable people are being hounded following a cut to council tax benefit.

In April 2013, 2.7 million people on the lowest incomes saw their council tax increased as a result of the Government’s cuts to council tax benefit (implemented by the Local Government Finance Act 2012). Labour’s figures show that up to 150,000 people have already been summonsed to court across 112 councils for non-payment of these council tax increases, and the total is likely to be much higher. Those summonsed include the disabled, carers, war widows and veterans.

Many of these 2.7 million people – some of the poorest in our country – have found themselves in arrears or summonsed to court for non-payment. The Resolution Foundation found that the average increase in council tax was between £100 and £250 a year, but for some could rise by as much as £600 a year.

Andrew Gwynne MP said:

“David Cameron says we’re ‘all in this together’ but in April this year he imposed a council tax increase which hit Britain’s strivers and the most vulnerable.

“From April this year, over two million people – people in work, carers, the disabled, veterans and war widows – saw their council tax go up. Why? Because the Government cut the funding that goes to the Council to keep their council tax down – and it’s ordinary people who are paying the price. At the same time David Cameron chose to give every millionaire a tax cut worth £100,000 a year.

“The Tories are asking working people to pay more while millionaires pay less. It’s not just unfair. It’s wrong. And it shows that David Cameron is completely out of touch. “

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