Over 3,500 council tax claimants in Waltham Forest and Redbridge have been summonsed to court since April 2013

East London and West Essex Guardian Series: Thousands summoned to court for non-payment of council tax Thousands summoned to court for non-payment of council tax

Thousands of benefit claimants in Waltham Forest and Redbridge are failing to pay council tax following the implementation of the government’s welfare reforms, a new report has found.

Under the changes, council tax benefit, which covered the complete monthly bill, was scrapped and local authorities given the responsibility of devising their own support schemes.

In Waltham Forest, claimants must pay 15 per cent of the annual bill, while in Redbridge the level is five per cent.

The research found claimants in Waltham Forest were on average £150 a year worse off as a result, with 1,304 people on benefits taken to court for non-payment in the last financial year.

In Redbridge, people claiming benefits are on average paying £57 more a year, with 2,256 people prosecuted during the same period.

Legal costs totalling £284,256 in Redbridge and £57,888 in Waltham Forest were imposed on those taken to court.

Both authorities have a relief scheme to help those most in need.

 The charities are calling on the department for work and pensions to scrap this policy and restore 100 per cent subsidy of council tax support schemes to alleviate hardship.  

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11:26am Fri 18 Jul 14

How It Is... says...

It would appear the Labour run Waltham Forest Council in an act of political spitefulness passed on to the poorest residents, the full 15% reduction in central government grant, whereas the majority Conservative led Redbridge Council passed on a 5% reduction.

Wonder how long before Wes and Co at Redbridge decide to play politics with the poorest residents of Redbridge and follow Waltham Forests lead...
It would appear the Labour run Waltham Forest Council in an act of political spitefulness passed on to the poorest residents, the full 15% reduction in central government grant, whereas the majority Conservative led Redbridge Council passed on a 5% reduction. Wonder how long before Wes and Co at Redbridge decide to play politics with the poorest residents of Redbridge and follow Waltham Forests lead... How It Is...
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2:11pm Fri 18 Jul 14

Thunderbird4 says...

It is the lot of the poor to have to pay, by law, for those things it cannot afford, otherwise, how else will the rich get richer.
It is the lot of the poor to have to pay, by law, for those things it cannot afford, otherwise, how else will the rich get richer. Thunderbird4
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2:27pm Fri 18 Jul 14

Villagecranberry says...

When the poor have nothing and no possessions for the Bailiffs to take, not paying is an attractive option for them.
When the poor have nothing and no possessions for the Bailiffs to take, not paying is an attractive option for them. Villagecranberry
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2:57pm Fri 18 Jul 14

Thunderbird4 says...

Villagecranberry wrote:
When the poor have nothing and no possessions for the Bailiffs to take, not paying is an attractive option for them.
It's the only option.
[quote][p][bold]Villagecranberry[/bold] wrote: When the poor have nothing and no possessions for the Bailiffs to take, not paying is an attractive option for them.[/p][/quote]It's the only option. Thunderbird4
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