Local Government Finance

Local Government Finance

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Attitudes towards the council tax are influenced by views as to its fairness, with one of the concerns being that it does not take sufficient account of a household's income. Council tax relief enables the liability of some households to be reduced. Although it is not a benefit, it is called a benefit and in many ways operates like a benefit. People only receive it if they make a claim and as a result there is an estimates Ap1.8 billion unclaimed each year. The Committee believe that there are two main weaknesses in the operation of the current system. Firstly the rules of eligibility are too tightly drawn to adequately reduce the burden to those in greatest need. Secondly the take up is low. They call on the Government to take urgent actions to tackle these problemsTo what extent do you think sufficient attention is also being paid to the needs of low income working-age households? ... Because council tax benefit is so much less generous for working age households because of the level at which youanbsp;...

Title:Local Government Finance
Author:Great Britain: Parliament: House of Commons: Communities and Local Government Committee
Publisher:The Stationery Office - 2007


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