“Council tax arrears rise fastest where support is cut most”


The Department for Communities and Local Government’s new statistics on council tax collection in England – covering April 2013 to March 2014 – give us the first official data to assess the impacts of the localisation of Council Tax Support (CTS). A headline finding was that while more than £1 billion extra was collected, in-year arrears increased by £145 million – up more than 20 per cent on the previous year. Using data collected by NPI for JRF, we have linked these outcomes to the CTS scheme introduced by each council. The findings do not bode well for the future of localised CTS.

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A new poll tax? The impact of CTS in London.