Council tax benefit cuts will lead to non-compliance, warn peers
Localised council tax benefit (CTB) schemes are creating a culture of non-compliance, peers have warned.
Speaking during oral questions in the House or Lords yesterday, communities minister Baroness Hanham fielded a series of questions on how the new welfare arrangements, which took force from April, are working out in practice.
Labour peer Baroness Holilis of Heigham, who is vice president of the Local Government Association, said because the Government has cut CTB funding by 10%, local authorities are having to charge council tax to residents who had never previously paid it.
‘As a result chief executives are estimating that up to 75% of those new payers will not pay.
‘Because it costs £10 to collect £2.50 a week, we are going to create a new culture of non-compliance, just like the poll tax,’ Baroness Hollis added.
In response, Baroness Hanham said the change was already implemented and more than 200 authorities had taken advantage of the transition grant to help manage the transition.
‘Localising gives local authorities the freedom to choose how to manage the funding reduction,' Baroness Hanham said.
Why accept non compliance? - That is what killed all those poor souls on Piper Alpha . .J Smith, Added: Thursday, 11 July 2013 10:18 PM
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