Local authorities have conceded that up to 84% of people on low incomes will refuse to pay council tax after being caught in the net by benefit changes this April, and admit there is little they can do about it.
Really? It seems to me there’s a lot they can do about it!
Or is it more a case that there’s little they want to do about it, which is quite another argument…
… because the sums average less than £5 a week, councils are warning that it would “in many cases be uneconomic to recover, with the costs of collection, including legal recovery costs, being higher than the bill”.
There’s 52 weeks in a year. Just wait a year. They’ll be high enough then.
Who is pushing this idea that it’ll be a failure akin to the Poll Tax, though? Well, you’ll never guess…
A series of freedom of information requests by False Economy, a campaigning group part-funded by trade unions, found more than 70 councils were resigned to seeing swaths of residents refusing to pay the tax.
Ah, but not all councils are so resigned to losses. Or maybe just not so willing to see the policy fail:
Some local authorities will take unprecedented measures against poor people who will not pay. In North Tyneside, the council says the low level of charge to the poor – amounting to £50 a year – means it is justified in collecting unpaid council tax from “ongoing benefits”.
Oh, that’ll set the cat amongst the pigeons! We’re in for a bumpy ride.