Working Age Council Tax Reduction Scheme

Response to this request is long overdue. By law, under all circumstances, Telford and Wrekin Council should have responded by now (details). You can complain by requesting an internal review.

Dear Telford and Wrekin Council,

In the light of the of the Haringey Council Tax Reduction Scheme consultation (CTRS) being deemed unlawful by the Supreme Court, see http://www.localgovernmentlawyer.co.uk/i...

I want to know:

1) What alternatives did you consider before deciding to deduct the CTRS off working age CT claimants?
2) How many consultations did you have with the working-age CTRS claimants before reducing their council tax support?
3) Who made the decision to charge the working age CTRS claimants the shortfall of CTRS?
4) How many of the working-age claimants are on the CTRS scheme?
5) How many of the working-age claimants are in debt with the council tax?
6) How many of the working-age claimants have been taken to court?
7) What help is given to working-age claimants on the CTRS that are in financial difficulties?

I look forward to your speedy reply

Yours faithfully,

Mr C Robinson

D Cook left an annotation ()

Good questions, but you should have also asked them how much did they spend out of their DHP allowance?

How much (if any) did they return to the government?

Because:

"Eight English councils failed to spend a total of £1.2 million of their £6.4 million allocation of discretionary housing payments."
http://www.insidehousing.co.uk/councils-...

My disabled relative was refused DHP (when he's benefits were stopped because of a flawed ATOS medical assessment) because he had DLA. DLA is not means tested and I raised hell with them because of this point. Thankfully, my father is now retired and the council leave him alone (until the govt go after pensioners').

Sian Lowe left an annotation ()

D Cook makes a good point. DHP is very hard to claim as many have been refused it. This is driving people to grinding poverty & into the hands of loan sharks and pay day lenders.
Housing for the poor/working poor is descending to Victorian standards and the fact that 84 thousand children in the UK are homeless is testament to this.

G Steel left an annotation ()

It is extremely sad that the councils never spoke out about the reduction in council tax support & bedroom tax, especially as the poor are least likely to be able to pay.
You read in the media almost every day of some family evicted because of
arrears due to the bedroom tax or people driven to more penury because of the CTRS.
Our whole infrastructure is going to go into meltdown because of these wicked "reforms" and no one cares until it effects them.
It's so sad that normal law-abiding people are taking to stealing because of the welfare net being taking away.
http://www.epworthbells.co.uk/news/local...
Whatever your stand on stealing when in dire straits: isn't it a greater crime to starve a family? And a blatant contravention of
Article 25 of the Human Rights Act

(1) Everyone has the right to a standard of living adequate for the health and well-being of himself and of his family, including food, clothing, housing and medical care and necessary social services, and the right to security in the event of unemployment, sickness, disability, widowhood, old age or other lack of livelihood in circumstances beyond his control.
(2) Motherhood and childhood are entitled to special care and assistance. All children, whether born in or out of wedlock, shall enjoy the same social protection.

Dear Telford and Wrekin Council,

Your reply to my request is three days late,
Please can you reply to this request ASAP?
because by law you should have replied to this request.
I look forward to your speedy reply.

Yours faithfully,

C Robinson

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