Research claims low-income families hit harder than most by council tax changes

Research claims low-income families hit harder than most by council tax changes

Research claims low-income families hit harder than most by council tax changes

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ALMOST 600,000 families on low incomes are facing above-average council tax rises for the second year in a row, a York charity has claimed.

Research by the Joseph Rowntree Foundation said 490,000 families who are already struggling financially and paid no council tax before last April will now be paying more than £200 a year, while, from this week, another 70,000 poor households will have to foot bills for the first time, costing them £114 a year on average.

The JRF said this flew in the face of the Government's "determination" to limit general council tax rises for 2014/15 to two per cent, meaning the average Band D householder has seen their council tax increase by £12.

The findings emerged in a New Policy Institute report for the charity following last year's abolition of council tax benefit and the introduction of council tax support.

Chris Goulden, JRF's head of poverty research, said: “This change to the welfare system is largely below the radar, but has significant impact for families already struggling to get by on a low income - paying this tax increase will be beyond most, pushing them into deeper hardship.”

The research said 6,600 households in York may have been affected by the changes, with the average claimant losing £260.71 a year.

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10:12am Wed 2 Apr 14

Pedro says...

All taxes should be based on the ability to pay. This is not a tax, but a charge.
All taxes should be based on the ability to pay. This is not a tax, but a charge. Pedro
  • Score: 6

10:15am Wed 2 Apr 14

Saywhat says...

And small semi-detached houses should be in band A, not band B, just because they're semi-detached.!
And small semi-detached houses should be in band A, not band B, just because they're semi-detached.! Saywhat
  • Score: 5

10:30am Wed 2 Apr 14

yorkie0802 says...

It would help if the council got their act together and take the correct payment!
It would help if the council got their act together and take the correct payment! yorkie0802
  • Score: 7

10:37am Wed 2 Apr 14

TheTruthHurts says...

more utter tosh from the JRF foundation.

If they could write an impartial report then i might be interested.
more utter tosh from the JRF foundation. If they could write an impartial report then i might be interested. TheTruthHurts
  • Score: 1

1:03pm Wed 2 Apr 14

piaggio1 says...

The biggest bunch of overpaid socialist. s that ever sat in one room.
If they are that concerned why dont they dip into their vast reserve and help out.yea its hard at the moment. FOR EVERYONE.
The biggest bunch of overpaid socialist. s that ever sat in one room. If they are that concerned why dont they dip into their vast reserve and help out.yea its hard at the moment. FOR EVERYONE. piaggio1
  • Score: 11

2:06pm Wed 2 Apr 14

jaycee says...

Wrong Piaggio-it's not hard for everyone.Can't see Goulden and Unwin paying a visit to the local food bank !
Wrong Piaggio-it's not hard for everyone.Can't see Goulden and Unwin paying a visit to the local food bank ! jaycee
  • Score: 5

2:40pm Wed 2 Apr 14

eboricana says...

Unwin is paid £162,000.00 per annum and that is without expenses which is absolutely shameful! It works out to £13,333.33.per month before tax no one in York needs that money to live on that is approximately 8 average York salaries! If Seerbohn Rowntree were alive he would be going crazy! While the elderly tenants of the Trust are struggling in freezing homes with single glazing and cannot pay their utility bills! I cannot abide professional do gooders,. By the way this information is public knowledge but the Press do not believe in freedom of speech so this post will be removed!
Unwin is paid £162,000.00 per annum and that is without expenses which is absolutely shameful! It works out to £13,333.33.per month before tax no one in York needs that money to live on that is approximately 8 average York salaries! If Seerbohn Rowntree were alive he would be going crazy! While the elderly tenants of the Trust are struggling in freezing homes with single glazing and cannot pay their utility bills! I cannot abide professional do gooders,. By the way this information is public knowledge but the Press do not believe in freedom of speech so this post will be removed! eboricana
  • Score: 11

2:48pm Wed 2 Apr 14

piaggio1 says...

Ooops yea forgot about ......all in it together..
£166.0000 a year. Obscene. ..nah distgusting.
Ooops yea forgot about ......all in it together.. £166.0000 a year. Obscene. ..nah distgusting. piaggio1
  • Score: 10

3:52pm Wed 2 Apr 14

Badgers Drift says...

piaggio1 wrote:
The biggest bunch of overpaid socialist. s that ever sat in one room. If they are that concerned why dont they dip into their vast reserve and help out.yea its hard at the moment. FOR EVERYONE.
Totally agree.

Check out (on the Charity Commissioners website) how many they employ - 499 ! Also their annual wage bill (including JRHT) which is £13m, with their investment income at £8-9m from the £260m cash and stocks excluding their property portfolio.

The JRF has been hijacked by deeply politicised left wing (socialist/marxist) academics and ex-public sector types who are using it for a platform to push their agenda.

The collaborations with York's cultural and political elite, pushing the 'creative' and 'innovative' third sectors smacks of an anti-capitalist movement using a subversive techniques to bring about marxian policies.
[quote][p][bold]piaggio1[/bold] wrote: The biggest bunch of overpaid socialist. s that ever sat in one room. If they are that concerned why dont they dip into their vast reserve and help out.yea its hard at the moment. FOR EVERYONE.[/p][/quote]Totally agree. Check out (on the Charity Commissioners website) how many they employ - 499 ! Also their annual wage bill (including JRHT) which is £13m, with their investment income at £8-9m from the £260m cash and stocks excluding their property portfolio. The JRF has been hijacked by deeply politicised left wing (socialist/marxist) academics and ex-public sector types who are using it for a platform to push their agenda. The collaborations with York's cultural and political elite, pushing the 'creative' and 'innovative' third sectors smacks of an anti-capitalist movement using a subversive techniques to bring about marxian policies. Badgers Drift
  • Score: -39

4:40pm Wed 2 Apr 14

Sillybillies says...

Saywhat wrote:
And small semi-detached houses should be in band A, not band B, just because they're semi-detached.!
Not if you are an owner occupier, they are at a minimum band B. Council houses are and always were grossly undervalued for the purpose of the council tax valuation bands.
[quote][p][bold]Saywhat[/bold] wrote: And small semi-detached houses should be in band A, not band B, just because they're semi-detached.![/p][/quote]Not if you are an owner occupier, they are at a minimum band B. Council houses are and always were grossly undervalued for the purpose of the council tax valuation bands. Sillybillies
  • Score: 1

6:16pm Wed 2 Apr 14

Omega Point says...

Pedro wrote:
All taxes should be based on the ability to pay. This is not a tax, but a charge.
It is called council tax. In what way is it a charge?
[quote][p][bold]Pedro[/bold] wrote: All taxes should be based on the ability to pay. This is not a tax, but a charge.[/p][/quote]It is called council tax. In what way is it a charge? Omega Point
  • Score: 6

6:28pm Wed 2 Apr 14

yorkie0802 says...

Landlords of properties rented to students should pay!
Landlords of properties rented to students should pay! yorkie0802
  • Score: -55

1:19am Thu 3 Apr 14

Badgers Drift says...

Badgers Drift wrote:
piaggio1 wrote: The biggest bunch of overpaid socialist. s that ever sat in one room. If they are that concerned why dont they dip into their vast reserve and help out.yea its hard at the moment. FOR EVERYONE.
Totally agree. Check out (on the Charity Commissioners website) how many they employ - 499 ! Also their annual wage bill (including JRHT) which is £13m, with their investment income at £8-9m from the £260m cash and stocks excluding their property portfolio. The JRF has been hijacked by deeply politicised left wing (socialist/marxist) academics and ex-public sector types who are using it for a platform to push their agenda. The collaborations with York's cultural and political elite, pushing the 'creative' and 'innovative' third sectors smacks of an anti-capitalist movement using a subversive techniques to bring about marxian policies.
So -42, and not one comment disputing what I assert!

I must be right, then?
[quote][p][bold]Badgers Drift[/bold] wrote: [quote][p][bold]piaggio1[/bold] wrote: The biggest bunch of overpaid socialist. s that ever sat in one room. If they are that concerned why dont they dip into their vast reserve and help out.yea its hard at the moment. FOR EVERYONE.[/p][/quote]Totally agree. Check out (on the Charity Commissioners website) how many they employ - 499 ! Also their annual wage bill (including JRHT) which is £13m, with their investment income at £8-9m from the £260m cash and stocks excluding their property portfolio. The JRF has been hijacked by deeply politicised left wing (socialist/marxist) academics and ex-public sector types who are using it for a platform to push their agenda. The collaborations with York's cultural and political elite, pushing the 'creative' and 'innovative' third sectors smacks of an anti-capitalist movement using a subversive techniques to bring about marxian policies.[/p][/quote]So -42, and not one comment disputing what I assert! I must be right, then? Badgers Drift
  • Score: -80

12:19am Fri 4 Apr 14

Badgers Drift says...

Badgers Drift wrote:
Badgers Drift wrote:
piaggio1 wrote: The biggest bunch of overpaid socialist. s that ever sat in one room. If they are that concerned why dont they dip into their vast reserve and help out.yea its hard at the moment. FOR EVERYONE.
Totally agree. Check out (on the Charity Commissioners website) how many they employ - 499 ! Also their annual wage bill (including JRHT) which is £13m, with their investment income at £8-9m from the £260m cash and stocks excluding their property portfolio. The JRF has been hijacked by deeply politicised left wing (socialist/marxist) academics and ex-public sector types who are using it for a platform to push their agenda. The collaborations with York's cultural and political elite, pushing the 'creative' and 'innovative' third sectors smacks of an anti-capitalist movement using a subversive techniques to bring about marxian policies.
So -42, and not one comment disputing what I assert! I must be right, then?
-79 now and still not a dickey bird...... I'm right, and they know it :-)
[quote][p][bold]Badgers Drift[/bold] wrote: [quote][p][bold]Badgers Drift[/bold] wrote: [quote][p][bold]piaggio1[/bold] wrote: The biggest bunch of overpaid socialist. s that ever sat in one room. If they are that concerned why dont they dip into their vast reserve and help out.yea its hard at the moment. FOR EVERYONE.[/p][/quote]Totally agree. Check out (on the Charity Commissioners website) how many they employ - 499 ! Also their annual wage bill (including JRHT) which is £13m, with their investment income at £8-9m from the £260m cash and stocks excluding their property portfolio. The JRF has been hijacked by deeply politicised left wing (socialist/marxist) academics and ex-public sector types who are using it for a platform to push their agenda. The collaborations with York's cultural and political elite, pushing the 'creative' and 'innovative' third sectors smacks of an anti-capitalist movement using a subversive techniques to bring about marxian policies.[/p][/quote]So -42, and not one comment disputing what I assert! I must be right, then?[/p][/quote]-79 now and still not a dickey bird...... I'm right, and they know it :-) Badgers Drift
  • Score: 1

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