Nottingham City Council is proposing a savage attack on Council Tax Benefits
· Every working age person and their partner would have to pay at least 20% of their Council Tax bill - with some similarity to the poll tax, an unwaged person on their own would be paying 20% of the bill
· Council Tax Benefit would be based on a maximum of a band B property. Therefore, if one member of a couple worked and one did not and the working person lost their job – they would pay:
· If in a band B property, £251 per year - £5 a week
· If in a band D property £606.92 a year – £11.67 per week – a massive 37% of their council tax
It gets worse
· If people are able to save up for retirement or lose their job and receive some redundancy money, if a person and/or their partner has savings above £6,000, they will not be entitled to any council Tax Benefit
· And to add insult to injury- if a claim is not in on time and there can be many reasons for that – no backdating will be allowed!
· The council is also considering stopping CTB if the amount due to a recipient is less than £2/week or £4/week
· These proposals mean that many people will not be able to pay their council tax
· Rather than pass on Con-Dem cuts, Nottingham and all other councils should refuse to pass government cuts on and should be building a massive campaign to fight for properly funded councils. Nottingham City Council say they lost a massive £60million in real terms in 2011/12. Councils like Nottingham should stop using highly paid external consultants which costs £millions
If the councils do not want to fight for fully funded schemes, we need to build a massive community campaign involving the trade unions, many of whose members are facing these attacks.