Council tax consultation response
14 October 2011
In August the Government announced a consultation on plans for the localisation of council tax support in England from 2013-14.
Plans proposed to localise support for council tax from 2013-14, giving councils increased financial autonomy and a greater stake in the economic future of their local area. The consultation identified the aim of reducing the budget by 10% whilst acting as an incentive for work.
Action for M.E. has responded to the consultation, opposing these proposals and identifying the following concerns:
- The introduction of these reforms, effectively devolving the administration of passported benefits to local authorities, will exacerbate the problems of ‘postcode lottery’ faced by people with M.E.
- The proposed cut to the council tax benefit budget will undermine other policy objectives to support people with disabilities and tackling child poverty.
- It is unreasonable to remove this much-needed support from people with M.E., the majority of whom like to work but face a number of barriers to employment.
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