Policy area: Local government finance
Date of publication: 25 October 2011
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The Localising Support for Council Tax in England consultation Opens in a new window was published on 22 July 2011.
The consultation presents a number of proposals on the implementation of a local council tax benefit system to replace the current national council tax benefit system. If the proposals go ahead, the changes will take place from April 2013 and they will coincide with an immediate 10% funding reduction for local government.
The proposals present a number of significant concerns, including:
In our response, London Councils calls for this policy to be reviewed and sets out a proposal to incorporate council tax benefit within Universal Credit with a system of direct payments to councils.
Should the plans go ahead, our response calls for:
The consultation closed on 14 October 2011.