Council Tax Benefits: Tax Rates and Bands

Communities and Local Government written question – answered on 24th January 2008.

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Photo of Grant Shapps Grant Shapps Shadow Minister (Communities and Local Government) (Housing and Planning), Co-Chair, Conservative Party

To ask the Secretary of State for Communities and Local Government how many households in England have a zero liability for council tax due to 100 per cent. council tax benefit.

Photo of James Plaskitt James Plaskitt Parliamentary Under-Secretary, Department for Work and Pensions

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As at May 2004, the most recent available figure, 3,185,000 households received full council tax benefit.

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Frank Wood
Posted on 25 Jan 2008 1:09 pm (Report this annotation)

And what about those that have savings from a life time of hard work and denial to put to use in their old age and retirement that are penalised that such savings are just above the means tested benefit level and they are denied Council Tax benefits?
You should be raising your voice against the means test and demand it be abolished.How many claimants on Council Tax benefit have not declared their total savings simply to benefit financially from the Council Tax benefits. And how many are illegal immigrants in free Council Houses not paying any rent but in receipt of so many financial and non-financial benefits and not payed one penny in tax or anything at all?. Asked yourself who subsidises these payments - is it the stupid one who saved money for retirement or spend it?.
Be realistic and live in the real world and not be cushioned with MPs salary and allowance levels taking such MPs far above those in need.