CIVIL DISOBEDIENCE - MEDIA RELEASE - Rev Paul Nicolson summoned to court for non-payement of coucil tax
Rev Paul Nicolson
CIVIL DISOBEDIENCE in solidarity with everyone in UK suffering mental or physical ill-health due to inadequate incomes and debt - this is a cry for the prevention of ill health.
Rents and council tax enforcement are burning up the lowest incomes needed for food, fuel, clothes and transport
I have been summoned to appear at Highbury Corner Magistrates Court, 51 Holloway Road, London N7 8JA at 13.30 on Thursday 13th July. There will be a demonstration outside the courts from 12-1.30.
I am refusing to pay my council tax to Haringey Council , as an act of civil disobedience, in solidarity with everyone in the UK suffering mental or physical ill-health due to grossly inadequate incomes and debt in work, self employment, unemployment or zero hours contracts, which are taxed by local authorities, particularly those who have been forced by national and local government to go to a food bank.
National and local government heaping coal onto the housing fires that burn the minimum incomes needed for food, fuel, transport and other necessities and for the well-being of the poorest tenants.
Dr Angela Donkin Institute of Health Equity, Profs Kate Pickett and Richard Wilkinson Equality Trust, Maddy Power University of York, Carl Walker University of Brighton
This is a cry for the prevention of ill health
This is a cry for the prevention of ill health among the poorest people in the UK created by the damagingly low level of their lowest incomes shredded by national government since 2010 and taxed by local government since 2013.
THE MAGISTRATES COURT
I have raised an obejection to Haringey Councils 2016/17 accounts with the Auditors, BDO LLP55 Baker Street London W1U 7EU asking them
- to audit the £102 summons costs plus £13 for the liability order
- and queried the sense in enforcing the tax against people who cannot pay so failing to collect over £2 million a year
I will be asking the Highbury Corner Magistrates when and how they checked the costs of £115 they award this year against, mostly impoverished, council tax defaulters, 27,270 times in 2016/17.
There is a comprehensive description of how £73.10 single adult unemployment benefit has been reducing in value since 1979 on the TAP website. Its increases were frozen in 201I. It cannot afford 20% of the council tax, let alone court costs (£115) and bailiffs fees(up to £400) introduced in 2013. It also has to pay rent dues to the bedroom tax and the benefit cap..
HARINGEY COUNCIL TAXES BENEFIT INCOMES OF ITS
POOREST RESIDENTS OF UK'S MOST DEPRIVED WARDS WITH
LOW LIFE EXPECTANCY AND HIGH RISK OF LOW BIRTH-WEIGHT.
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