Council Tax payers to have right to spread payments over 12 months
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Council tax payers to have right to spread payments over 12 months
Will 12 monthly payments help low-income households budget?
From next April, Council Tax payers will have the right to pay their bills in 12 monthly instalments instead of 10.
The move was confirmed by the parliamentary under secretary of state for Communities and Local Government, Brandon Lewis, following a question in Parliament earlier this month by Thérèse Coffey, Conservative MP for Suffolk Coastal.
Dr Coffey asked Mr Lewis "what assessment he has made of whether there is any reason why local authorities should not collect council tax by 12 equal payments per year rather than 10."
In a written Parliamentary answer, Mr Lewis said: "In its "Technical Reforms to Council Tax—Summary of Responses Report" published on 28 May 2012, the Government confirmed that from 1 April 2013 Council Tax payers will have the right to pay their bills in 12 monthly instalments. This will provide Council Tax payers' with greater flexibility to manage their finances and may be particularly helpful to those on low or fixed incomes, such as pensioners. We will be taking steps to highlight these new rights for taxpayers in due course."
As part of the Government's reform to Council Tax benefit, it's devolving the support to local authorities, but cutting the budget by 10% and forcing local authorities to protect pensioners from any reductions in support.
Critics of the reform warn this will see those working-age claimants who have never paid Council Tax previously asked to pay close to £200 a year at a time when other cuts to welfare expenditure are being made.