London’s poorest families are struggling to pay council tax bills from their limited benefit income following cuts to council tax support, according to new figures published in a joint report by two leading London anti-poverty charities, the Child Poverty Action Group (CPAG) and Z2K.
‘A New Poll Tax?’ finds that nearly four in 10 Londoners affected by the replacement of Council Tax Benefit by local schemes have been unable to meet these payments.
The report concludes that the continuing to force low income individual and families to pay council tax will inevitable impoverish many.
Meanwhile, the Institute of Financial Services are predicting that child poverty will rise by nearly one million by 2020, due largely to the changes to tax and benefits.
CPAG Campaigner, Megan Jarvie, told London Live’s Wake Up London: “These changes to council tax benefits have hit the poorest hardest.
“The affect is very skewed towards people who can’t afford to pay. Benefits aren’t going up at the same level cost of living is.”
The new schemes have been only been in operation since April 2013 and Z2K and CPAG are calling on the Government to scrap the policy and return to a national, fully funded system of Council Tax Benefit.