Haringey Council to look at scrapping council tax for lowest earners in borough

Wood Green Civic Centre. Picture: David Winskill

Wood Green Civic Centre. Picture: David Winskill - Credit: David Winskill

Haringey Council is set to look at a proposal to get rid of council tax altogether for its lowest paid residents, according to a paper that will go before the cabinet on Tuesday.

The changes to the council tax reduction scheme follow a manifesto promise to “redistribute the burden of council tax.”

In 2013 the coalition government abolished council tax benefit. Now the lowest paid residents have to pay a minimum of 19.8 per cent.

Under the proposals, they wouldn’t have to pay council tax at all.

They believe it would help around 6,000 families in the borough.

According to the cabinet papers, it says “the ambition of the current administration is to ensure the greatest weight on the broadest shoulders by consulting on options that will make council tax and our policies for charging for council services fairer.”

If passed, the council will conduct a 10-week consultation to review their council tax support for residents.

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If it has sufficient support from the public, the scheme will then be voted on by the council.