COUNCIL TAX REDUCTION SCHEME
CTRS will reduce by 6%
THOSE AFFECTED - DISPROPORTIONAL IMPACT
Most vulnerable - working age residents on low income, disabled, careers, lone parents, single or families on Statuary Maternity Pay or Maternity Allowance - pregnant women, under 25s.
Not only is the council tax increasing but these groups would have to pay a higher proportion - a double hit!
OTHER WELFARE REFORMS
Reductions - Housing Benefit, Replacement of DLA with PIP, National Benefit Cap soon to be £20,000, Roll out of Universal Credit, Freeze on benefits for working age group.
HOW MANY WILL BE AFFECTED
9,801 residents will be impacted by the proposed increases. They will receive LESS financial support form April 1st this year. This makes up 62% of the CTRS caseload. A high proportion of claimants will have reduced income to start with.
29% of working age people receiving CTR are unable to increase or improve their financial position due to DISABILITY.
37% of working age people receiving CTR are SINGLE PARENTS predominantly WOMEN.
Children are likely to suffer. Disabled will suffer. Carers will suffer. Under 25s may suffer. Female single parents will suffer.
All these vulnerable people at present struggle to meet living costs and this will drive them into further debt. Higher food prices, higher fuel and utility prices, Debt to council, unpaid council tax, debt to landlords , evictions, more debt.
Many cannot sustain any more increases in living costs and will struggle to pay anything towards CTRS.
This scheme would pick on the most vulnerable and poorest in our town.
RESULTS OF CONSULTATION
76.47% support the present scheme
64.52% do NOT support the 35% contribution
Does the administration listen to residents' views ? The message seems loud and clear.
68 % of all council tax is collected from town centre area. Some of the most vulnerable residents and most areas of deprivation in the town.
And of course the most affected are resident in town wards with Labour councillors.