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UK's poorest households facing council tax hikes

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Published by Max Salsbury for 24dash.com in Local Government and also in Central Government, Finance

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The UK's poorest households face an increase in their council tax as the Government introduces a 10 percent cut to funding.

According to think tank the Resolution Foundation, in the most severe cases families are facing hikes of more than 330 percent.

From April, it'll become the responsibility of the UK's 326 local authorities to administive council tax relief.

The Resolution Foundation's 'No Clear Benefit' report suggests that 75 percent of councils are set to begin charging higher rates from the 3.2 million poorest working-age households - which currently pay either no council tax or a reduced charge.

The Government has insisted that pensioners will be fully protected from any hikes under the new localised system.

In Wales, the Government has agreed to absorb the cuts without passing on the charges to councils.

Some local authorities, such as Wandsworth, have decided to protect low income households by not handing on the extra charges.

The Resolution Foundation's chief executive, Gavin Kelly, said: "Very few of those currently exempt from paying the full rate of council tax are expecting a large new bill to drop on to their doormat this spring. When it does, they are going to find it hard to cope."

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