Labour finds 70,000 people in council tax arrears due to benefit cuts
- 03 Feb
The Labour Party claims that around 70,000 people are being chased by bailiffs for council tax arrears due to benefit cuts.
According to the Independent newspaper, the party has issued requests under the Freedom of Information Act to all English councils and 143 responded showing figures of 30,761 people being issued with bailiff notices. If this figure was to be inferred across England, it could mean that 70,000 people are being affected, reports Inside Housing.
Due to council tax benefit being replaced with a grant which covers 90% of the cost with councils deciding how to fund the 10% cut many have been found struggling.
Hilary Benn, shadow secretary of state for communities and local government, said: "Many people have found themselves getting into debt trying to pay this new tax; others have simply found it very difficult to pay. Debt advice agencies have helped many people. But they too are limited by their capacity in tough times. Of course, people who can pay should be forced to do so, but where someone is in real difficulty, and especially where they are vulnerable, councils should not be sending in the bailiffs instead of using other means."
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