Sending people to prison for the non-payment of council tax is “inhumane” and “ineffective” and should be scrapped, according to a new report from the Social Market Foundation think-tank.
The report, written by the respected lawyer Chris Daw QC, argues that England should follow the rest of the UK in ending prison terms for council tax debtors.
Source: Scrap prison sentences for the non-payment of council tax, says think-tank : Welfare Weekly
Chris Philp is has served as PPS in the Treasury and MHCLG, and on the Treasury Select Committee. He is MP for Croydon South.
One of the signal achievements of the Thatcher Government was the home ownership revolution. Millions of people were able to buy their own home for the first time – through right-to-buy and a more dynamic housing market generally. Sadly, much of that good work has been undone in the years since.
Home ownership rates have fallen from a high of 71 per cent in 2005 down to 63 per cent today. The falls are especially acute amongst those in their 20s and 30s, where home ownership rates have almost halved since the early 1990s. No wonder we have trouble getting younger people to vote Conservative.
Home ownership is an inherently beneficial thing.
Source: Chris Philp: Cut Stamp Duty – and unleash a new Home Ownership Revolution | Conservative Home
Jeremy Corbyn’s Labour Party have unveiled a raft of new policy ideas designed to solve the housing crisis and make the economy fairer for the least well off – plans which include abolishing Council Tax entirely and replacing it with a “progressive property tax” to be paid only by asset-rich homeowners.
The policy paper, entitled ‘Land For The Many‘, has been co-authored by a host of progressive luminaries including Guardian journalist George Monbiot, and outlines 9 multifaceted policy recommendations which could be implemented by a future Jeremy Corbyn-led Labour government.
The most eye-catching of the proposals is a plan to replace Council Tax with a “Progressive Property Tax” levied only on homeowners – meaning that private renters and low earners unable to get on the housing ladder would be completely freed from the burden of Council Tax.
The policy paper recommends that the new tax should be “based on contemporary property values“. and would only be “payable by owners, not tenants“, adding that the new system would:
Source: Labour unveils raft of new policy plans, including abolishing Council Tax entirely for renters and least well-off homeowners | Evolve Politics
Sheffield Council chiefs have issued a stark warning after unveiling this year’s budget – austerity over the past nine years has taken its toll and it’s not over yet.
The headlines from the budget for 2019/20 are that council tax will rise by just under three per cent.
It means that a Band A property will see an increase of 58p per week. Last financial year, Band A properties paid £1,009 and this will rise to £1,039.
The council needs to make £30 million worth of savings – this takes the total of savings and cuts over the last nine years of austerity to £460m.
Source: “Councils have faced the deepest cuts” – stark warning as Sheffield Council sets out its budget – The Star
This is indeed grotesque, however council tax is related to rateable values and these values are based on the housing values in 1991.
Should the rateable values be recalculated this would lead to an increase for all properties and this grotesque situation would still be present.
Current rateable values in Kensington & Chelsea https://www.rbkc.gov.uk/council-tax/band-values-and-charges
What would mitigate this grotesque situation is to increase the number of rating bands to accommodate that the properties worth millions are subjected to a higher rateable value, in effect to account for the higher ratios of property values now.
Surely tehe whole point of council tax is to used by the councils that have collected it, for they have the expense of collecting it and can show their residents how it is being spent.
Governments have their own taxes to fund projects they wish to finance.
For a government to be allowed to take part of money raised by council tax is the start of a slippery slope, for when will they decide to take all of it.
People in Sheffield will pay almost four per cent more on their tax bills – which councillors put down to government funding cuts.
Source: Four per cent rise in Sheffield Council tax is approved – The Star
Increased tax would raise extra £400m in 2016-17, not enough to meet increased costs of living wage and care packages, says LGA
Source: Council tax hike not enough to fill care funding gap, warn town hall chiefs | Community Care
The minister for Communities and Local Government said this would act as compensation for those councils less able to raise council taxes, in the financial settlement yesterday
Source: Poorer councils set to receive greater share of the Better Care Fund