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Labour voting for responsible option on Council Tax Reduction

Ahead of a meeting of Brighton and Hove City Council’s Policy and Resources Committee meeting, Councillor Warren Morgan, Leader of the Labour and Co-operative Group, said:

Labour are taking the responsible option in the face of ongoing cuts to support for people on low incomes by the current Government, and proposing to reduce support by an affordable 6.5%. This will mean that support for low income council tax payers in Brighton and Hove is still amongst the best in the country.

The Green proposal depends on a “yes” vote in a May referendum putting everyone’s council tax up by £100 a year. In the event of a “no” vote the Green proposals would mean low income council tax payers would pay three times as much as they do now.
  • The Policy and Resources Committee is deciding over the level of Council Tax Reduction provided by the council. This scheme provides a reduction for some residents by setting a minimum level of council tax they have to pay. At the moment, this is 8.5% of the full council tax bill, and Labour are proposing that this go up to 15%. The funding for the scheme is being cut by central government, so maintaining the reduction at 8.5% is not affordable.

  • Attached is a spreadsheet outlining Council Tax Reduction levels in unitary authorities. In 2013/14, Brighton and Hove had the 6thlowest minimum payment level of all the authorities with the 8.5% minimum payment level, and with a 15% minimum payment level would have the 12th lowest minimum payment level in 2014/15. This is out of 56 unitary councils.

  • Prospective Council Candidate, Neil Schofield, wrote a blog entry outlining his concerns over the Greens’ proposal for Council Tax Reduction. The blog is at http://notesbrokensociety.wordpress.com/2014/11/26/brightons-greens-council-tax-and-a-disgraceful-act-of-moral-blackmail/

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