“Haringey Council will stop imposing council tax on families with children claiming working aged benefits from April 2019. A small but vital start to reversing the ravages of austerity”.
Taxpayers Against Poverty (TAP) has been campaigning against the taxation by local government of benefit incomes shredded by the DWP since 2012
“Haringey Council will decide to stop imposing council tax on families with children claiming working aged benefits from April 2019; a small but vital start to reversing the ravages of austerity” at their Cabinet meeting on the 14th August. You can watch the meeting which starts at 6.30
Statement of the Rev Paul Nicolson at the Cabinet meeting on the 14th August for a deputation of Tottenham residents.
Haringey Council is at last about to start implementing a humane council tax policy. But putting the policy fully into practice has to wait another year. About 6000 Families with children claiming working aged benefits will be immensely relieved not to get a council tax bill in April 2019, but many will still have council tax arrears. The incomes of about 4000 working aged adults in the borough claiming benefits will continue to be taxed by the council in 2019/20. I am assuming they will be spared from April 2020.
This is a small but vital start to reversing the ravages of austerity. It will be used by campaigners and campaigning organisations as an example to other councils of what can and ought be done. I ask you to understand that I will have to continue to campaign against the council tax – there are 289 out of 326 councils in England yet to be persuaded.
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