Revd Paul Nicolson's own legal dispute is with LB Haringey — the borough in which he resides — whereas the heartland of the Kilburn Unemployed Workers Group is in the Kilburn wards of LB Brent and LB Camden. We believe that what he says about how the Council Tax is levied where he lives can also be said about other London boroughs including Brent and Camden, and so the KUWG banner will be at that demonstration along with KUWG members.
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Below is the Revd Paul Nicolson's media notice explaining his position.
- Haringey Council should never have taxed the benefits decided by the DWP with council tax. Since April 2013 the DWP's benefits have being shredded by rent payments due to the three cuts in housing benefit by central government disguised as "the benefit cap" and "removal of the spare room supplement" (bedroom tax) and "the local housing allowance"; DWP's benefits are also stopped altogether in the jobcenters by the benefit sanction leaving unpayable the inevitable rent arrears, council tax arrears, court costs and bailiffs fees, and other debts. I am particularly indignant about the cumulative impacts of cuts, caps and council tax on the mental and physical health of the poorest Haringey residents which have never been assessed by national or local government.
- I am claiming the £115 is unlawful because Haringey Council, their auditors Grant Thornton and Tottenham Magistrates, when deciding the level of council tax court costs at £115, failed to take into account the guidance about vulnerable circumstances, produced by MOJ and endorsed by the DCLG. The MOJ lists potentially vulnerable circumstances as "The elderly; • residents with a disability the seriously ill; • the recently bereaved; single parent families; • pregnant women; unemployed residents; • those who have obvious difficulty in understanding, speaking or reading English.”. The Tottenham Magistrates, blind to these vulnerable situations, allow Haringey Council their liability orders, in bulk sometimes 1000s at a time adding the costs to the arrears.
"You might also consider asking the local GPs and NHS by how much their costs have increased due to the increasing impact of debt on the health of residents since their benefits were taxed in April 2013. See Royal College of Psychiatrists and The Faculty of Public Health. (5) (6)The council now has responsibility for public health and that means prevention of the costs to the taxpayer of ill health that accrue from the tax and its draconian enforcement."