Dear all, 

The government is creating unmanageable debt and hunger made worse by councils deciding to tax benefits with the council tax. 
I am suggesting everyone who is now being charged a % of council tax against benefits should apply for a discretionary payment. There are 26,000 in the Borough of Haringey.  

That is because paying the tax will be impossible for most benefit claimants. Benefit incomes have been disconnected from the escalating prices of food, fuel, clothes, transport and other necessities and housing benefit has been disconnected from the rising level of  rents charged to many people.

The government is creating hunger and unmanageable debt made worse by Haringey Councils charging 20% of the council tax. Taxing benefits is asking for trouble.  

For example all adults receiving £71.70 a week adult unemployment benefit should apply for a council tax discretionary payment because it is 60% of the government poverty threshold and 42% of the Joseph Rowntree Minimum income standard and it was impossible to pay the tax without using the benefits needed for children, which are added to the £71.70. That was before  rent now has to be paid from the same income due to the three housing benefit caps.

Everyone who has been sanctioned should definitely apply,

Good wishes,


PS.  Taxing benefits means giving with one hand and taking with the other, doubling the cost of administration and adding the costs of enforcement. A policy wich could only have been invented at the mad hatters tea party* known as the DWP. 

*“If I had a world of my own, everything would be nonsense. Nothing would be what it is, because everything would be what it isn’t. And contrary wise, what is, it wouldn’t be. And what it wouldn’t be, it would. You see?”  said the Mad Hatter in Alice Through the Looking Glass. 

Obviously related to the Republican faction known as the “tea party” in the USA

Rev Paul Nicolson
Taxpayers Against Poverty
93 Campbell Road,
London N17 0BF
0208 3765455
07961 177889
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