Do you pay too much council tax? A straw poll on social media suggested that a number of people think they get value for money. But according to the Institute for Public Policy Research think-tank, London’s poorest living in a property in the lowest band, A, are paying nearly five times as much as a proportion of their property value than someone living in the highest-rated H band. Poorer folk have also been hit by cuts to council tax support meaning a huge rise in the number of people falling into arrears and facing prosecution. “The council tax system should be devolved to London, so the capital can decide its own future,” said Luke Murphy of the IPPR. One of the problems is that the tax relies on out-of-date property values with the bands based on 1991 property prices. The think-tank has called for updated and regular reappraisal of property values, and for the restoration of council tax support which could be paid for by doubling the charge on empty London homes. … [Read more...] about On the money: Do you pay too much council tax?
Care leavers under the age of 25 are one step closer to being exempt from paying council tax.Members of Kent County Council have agreed to pursue proposals brought forward by the young people's council.It will approach the 12 district and borough authorities after discussing the plans at the full council meeting today.Young adults who are leaving the care system are more likely to become homeless than their counterparts.To address this imbalance, members of the young people's council has called for care leavers living in Kent to be exempt from council tax until their 25th birthday.Cllr Ida Linfield (Lib Dem), who brought the motion forward, said: "Kent's young people are an inspiration."KCC does offer a support package for care leavers such as setting up their home and they also have a personal advisor, who helps them."They are considered to be at a disproportionate risk and leading on from that comes homelessness, where 21% of young care leavers, without support, will become homeless … [Read more...] about Care leavers could be exempt from paying council tax
Newark and Sherwood District Council are making people aware of a new council tax refund scam circulating in Newark.A number of residents have reported that they have been contacted by fraudsters, using gov.uk branding in text messages stating that they are due a council tax refund, followed by a link they need to click on to claim the refund.NSDC are urging residents not to reply, click on any links or disclose bank account details or any other personal information if contacted by anyone offering such a service, as it is a scam. … [Read more...] about District council issues warning of council tax text message scam
Council tax scammers are targeting Chesterfield households, the borough council has said. Chesterfield Borough Council is issuing a warning following reports where cold callers have made unsolicited telephone calls to households in Chesterfield, claiming residents are owed a council tax refund, and asking for bank details. Chesterfield Borough Council is urging people to be aware of anyone calling to say they are entitled to a refund, and to not give bank information to cold callers. Residents wishing to report such calls and get practical advice should contact the Action Fraud helpline on 0300 123 2040. What is being done to tackle concerning levels of child poverty in Derbyshire? Police launch appeal after motorcycle rider collides with van in Creswell … [Read more...] about Council tax scam warning for Chesterfield households
Wakefield Council is reminding residents that they can challenge their council tax band free of charge. It comes after reports of firms targeting people in the district, saying they will do the work for them for a fee.Although not illegal, the council is keen to make people aware that they save their money if they research it themselves.Gillian Connolly, corporate director for business change at Wakefield Council said: “We are aware that private companies are approaching Wakefield district residents and charging them a fee to appeal against their council tax bands on their behalf.“Whilst this is not illegal and residents may contract others to appeal for them we want to remind everyone that they can do it for themselves free of charge at the Valuation Office Agency.”Details can be found at www.wakefield.gov.uk/council-tax/council-tax-appeals PHOTOS: Award-winning beaches along the Yorkshire coast … [Read more...] about Warning over council tax letters charging residents