Council tax benefit reduction defended

Waltham Forest council has come under criticism for a proposal to increase the amount of council tax contribution for benefit claimants.

Waltham Forest council has come under criticism for a proposal to increase the amount of council tax contribution for benefit claimants.

First published in News
Last updated

Reductions in council tax benefit will impact on some of the most vulnerable people in Waltham Forest, the council has admitted.

The authority has come under criticism for proposals to increase the amount of council tax contribution for benefit claimants.

Under the proposals, some could be forced to pay up to a third of their annual bill as of next year, prompting concerns for vulnerable members of the community.

If implemented, the borough would have the second highest minimum payment in London behind Harrow.  

Some authorities, such as Tower Hamlets and Westminster, have agreed to cover council tax costs for those on benefits. 

But Waltham Forest council has said the changes must be implemented to meet "required savings".

A council spokesman said: “The funding the council receives from government to cover the cost of the Local Council Tax Support Scheme is decreasing.

"Between 1 April 2015 and 31 March 2017, the council needs to reduce the cost of the scheme by nearly £4,450,000.

"The council can achieve this saving by reducing the amount of Council Tax support available and requiring all working age residents eligible to receive Council Tax Support to pay a larger minimum amount of their Council Tax.

"This is not a change welcomed by Waltham Forest council. We recognise that these are
challenging times and the reduction in support will impact on some of our most vulnerable
residents.

"However, unfortunately changes are needed to achieve the required savings.”

 

Comments (5)

Please log in to enable comment sorting

9:07am Tue 26 Aug 14

Little_Australian says...

Second highest minimum payment in London? Well there's yet another league table the borough's at the bottom of.
Second highest minimum payment in London? Well there's yet another league table the borough's at the bottom of. Little_Australian
  • Score: 9

10:52am Tue 26 Aug 14

cynicalsue says...

And pay rises all round for its favorite Councillors!
And pay rises all round for its favorite Councillors! cynicalsue
  • Score: 11

11:34pm Tue 26 Aug 14

paulad81 says...

Sickening how they can do this to people we have rights to live and by doing this it's going to make people suffer and get in debt they only think about themselves cause they have money flash cars etc us people on low incomes or benefits have to struggle
Sickening how they can do this to people we have rights to live and by doing this it's going to make people suffer and get in debt they only think about themselves cause they have money flash cars etc us people on low incomes or benefits have to struggle paulad81
  • Score: 0

11:24am Wed 27 Aug 14

Robert19 says...

I have every sympathy in principle with Waltham Forest Council as this has been cleverly foisted on them by an uncaring government which prefers to sit on its hands in the case of tax avoidance reducing the number of civil servants dealing with tax avoidance and evasion yet hitting the poor seemingly as much as they possibly can - with more to come if they win the next election.
However there are choices within council budgets. I would be very ashamed if I were a councillor or senior council officer to see my borough - with a large Labour majority being the second largest percentage demand for council tax payments in London.
I have every sympathy in principle with Waltham Forest Council as this has been cleverly foisted on them by an uncaring government which prefers to sit on its hands in the case of tax avoidance reducing the number of civil servants dealing with tax avoidance and evasion yet hitting the poor seemingly as much as they possibly can - with more to come if they win the next election. However there are choices within council budgets. I would be very ashamed if I were a councillor or senior council officer to see my borough - with a large Labour majority being the second largest percentage demand for council tax payments in London. Robert19
  • Score: -1

3:22pm Sun 31 Aug 14

Ononil says...

paulad81 wrote:
Sickening how they can do this to people we have rights to live and by doing this it's going to make people suffer and get in debt they only think about themselves cause they have money flash cars etc us people on low incomes or benefits have to struggle
Every penny your council tax is reduced someone else has to pay for. Why is it that you try to reduce your bills by as much as possible without actually paying them yourself. Just how much of my hard earned money do you think it would be fair for you to take out of my pocket. Stop whingeing, stop scrounging and get a job or two. If someone can come to this country with nowhere to live, no contacts and not even speak English and get a job immediately, then so can you. It might mean getting of your backside and sweating but us poor suckers paying your bills are doing it.
[quote][p][bold]paulad81[/bold] wrote: Sickening how they can do this to people we have rights to live and by doing this it's going to make people suffer and get in debt they only think about themselves cause they have money flash cars etc us people on low incomes or benefits have to struggle[/p][/quote]Every penny your council tax is reduced someone else has to pay for. Why is it that you try to reduce your bills by as much as possible without actually paying them yourself. Just how much of my hard earned money do you think it would be fair for you to take out of my pocket. Stop whingeing, stop scrounging and get a job or two. If someone can come to this country with nowhere to live, no contacts and not even speak English and get a job immediately, then so can you. It might mean getting of your backside and sweating but us poor suckers paying your bills are doing it. Ononil
  • Score: 2
Post a comment

Remember you are personally responsible for what you post on this site and must abide by our site terms. Do not post anything that is false, abusive or malicious. If you wish to complain, please use the ‘report this post’ link.

Send us your news, pictures and videos

Most read stories

Local Info

Enter your postcode, town or place name

About cookies

We want you to enjoy your visit to our website. That's why we use cookies to enhance your experience. By staying on our website you agree to our use of cookies. Find out more about the cookies we use.

I agree