Council Tax: as Claimants Have to Pay Arrears Rise, Rise and Rise.
Eric Pickles: Inflicted Council Tax Debt on Poor while Stuffing Himself with Pies.
Having just paid my monthly Council Tax bill – at the last possible moment – this issue flagged by Ken is something hard not to notice.
It is hardly a coincidence that the rate of arrears has grown massively since people on the Dole – that is a the minimum you are supposed to need to live in – had their money cut by having to fork out this extra monthly bill.
Nor is a surprise that many people put electricity, gas and water, not to mention food, above Council Tax as a priority.
I would lay a hefty bet that the rise is in large part due to this obligation for claimants to ‘contribute’.
On food alone mind you it’s not only the out-of-work who struggle: “More than 8 million in UK struggle to put food on table, survey says. Food Foundation reveals scale of food insecurity, with 4.7 million thought to be regularly going a day without eating.”
The man responsible for this burden on the poorest, Eric Pickles – not somebody who looks he;s ever been short of a good nosh – desigend the system partly to punish those on benefits, and partly to make life more difficult for Labour councils where they will eb forced to reply oin this expensive to collect and oppressive scheme.
Piggy Pickles is up there with Iain Duncan Smith as an enemy of us lot.
Debt Charities Warn Of Record Levels Of Council Tax Arrears. Welfare Weekly.
Two debt charities have called on local authorities to end the practice of passing vulnerable residents Council Tax debts to bailiffs.
Two leading debt advice charities have called on local authorities to end the practice of passing vulnerable residents Council Tax debts to bailiffs, as figures show the level of arrears has hit a record high.
Analysis by the StepChange debt charity found that average Council Tax arrears have increased from £717 in 2011 to £961 in 2015, an increase of 25 per cent. Just 14 per cent of the charity’s clients we’re struggling with Council Tax arrears in 2011, but this has now increased to a shocking 30 per cent.Figures from National Debtline, an expert advisory service run by the Money Advice Trust, closely mirror those from StepChange. Nearly one in four calls (24%) to the specialist service were from people with Council Tax arrears in 2015, compared to just 14 per cent in 2007.
Both charities have expressed concerns with the increasing use of enforcement agents by local authorities. The Money Advice Trust’s ‘Stop The Knock’ campaign has revealed how 1.27 million debts directly related to Council Tax arrears were referred to bailiffs in 2014/15.
An independent review, led by former MP Eric Ollerenshaw, has also expressed concerns over the increasing use of enforcement agents by local authorities in recovering debts.