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Saturday, 16 July 2016

Taxpayers Against Poverty: Spread Camden and Westminster councils' Council Tax exemptions round all 259 councils' taxing benefits in England and Wales

From Revd Paul Nicolson of Taxpayers Against Poverty

Dear all,
This is very good news. I hope we can spread the exemption round all 259 councils' taxing benefits in England and Wales. Bedroom tax next.

All good wishes,

Camden Council to stop chasing worst-off for council tax with plan to exempt 11,500 residents http://www.camdennewjournal.com/council-tax-exemptions#.V4kQe7MgJqw.twitter 

To the Leader Haringey Council
Dear Claire,
I have been sent this information by the Alan Wheatley of the Kilburn Unemployed Workers Group. I hope there will be no delay in Haringey Council relieving the worst off residents of the enforcement of the council tax plus court costs, which should never have been imposed on benefit incomes. Taxing £73.10 JSA since April 2013 never did make sense. The same totally inadequate £73.10 JSA has also been required to pay rent since April 2013 following the bedroom tax and the benefit cap.
It did not need rocket science to see this coming. (see extract from Supreme Court Judgement below)
I hope you will now lend the weight of the council to the campaign for the abolition of the bedroom tax, and of the other cuts in housing benefit to prevent any further detriment to the health of the worst off Haringey residents due to unmanageable debts imposed by the state.
I will of course be presenting this evidence to the Appeal Court and to the Tottenham Magistrates.
Yours sincerely.

22. On 10 December 2012, following the end of the (council tax) consultation, The Rev. Nicolson wrote a letter of protest to the Leader of Haringey Council, which ended as follows: 

“I am shocked that no alternative to hitting the fragile incomes of  the  poorest  residents of Haringey … was included in the recent (council tax) consultation."

29. Those whom Haringey was primarily consulting were the most economically disadvantaged of its residents. 

Their income was already at a basic level and the effect of Haringey’s proposed scheme would be to reduce it even below that level and thus in all likelihood to cause real hardship, while sparing its more prosperous residents from making any contribution to the shortfall in government funding.

Fairness demanded that in the consultation document brief reference should be made to other ways of absorbing the shortfall and to the reasons why (unlike 58% of local authorities in England: see para 15 above) Haringey had concluded that they were unacceptable. The protest of The Rev. Nicolson in his letter dated 10 December 2012 was well-directed.

Rev Paul Nicolson
93 Campbell Road, 
London N17 0BF

from the Reverend Paul Nicolson
Taxpayers Against Poverty
No citizen without an affordable home and an 
adequate income in work or unemployment. 

93 Campbell Road, Tottenham, London N17 0BF, 0208 3765455, 07961 177889, 

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