Labour-run councils want the eight million people living alone to pay the same rate as couples or households with several working adults.
Their plan to scrap the 25 per cent single person discount would push up bills by nearly £360 a year on the average Band D home. Communities Secretary Eric Pickles last night condemned the move.
He said the unfair “widows tax” would affect millions of pensioners living alone after the death of their spouse. Single parents would also be hit.
“There is clearly a well-orchestrated campaign being run by the Labour Party to target the elderly, single mothers and the most vulnerable,” Mr Pickles said.
“They want to punish people who have worked hard all their lives and paid their taxes simply because they live on their own. There is a gross sense of injustice at raising taxes that could force people
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We are making this award to the people responsible for creating this ludicrous situation.
Hundreds of pensioners who have paid hundreds of thousands of pounds for accommodation face eviction after being told their immaculate retirement village is for holiday homes only.
In contrast to the 400 people who face eviction from the UK’s largest illegal travellers’ site Dale Farm, in Essex, residents at the Lakeminster Park site in Beverley, have lived in peace at the picturesque haven, paying council tax and looking after their properties.
But now scores of elderly people are “frightened to death” as they face being kicked out after receiving a bombshell council letter.
East Riding Council has warned over 200 people that they are taking enforcement action over breaches of planning control.
The council insist that the original planning conditions state the homes can only be used during holiday periods – meaning residents will be evicted as the summer comes to an end.
Pensioners face being thrown out of their tidy one and two-bedroom bungalows, which they have occupied since 2008, after meetings with officials failed to solve any issues.
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Interesting that the Lakeminster Park website is no longer available http://www.lakeminsterpark.co.uk/
A pensioner who had to sell her wedding ring to meet her living expenses vowed to go to jail today after appearing in court for failing to pay all of her council tax.
June Farrow, 72, wore a hand-written placard around her neck with the message ‘Council Tax Injustice’ when she arrived at Norwich magistrates court.
The retired nurse from Bawburgh near Norwich, Norfolk, has only been paying £25 a month in council tax for the last three months as she claims she cannot afford her full monthly bill of £99 without dipping into her savings.
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Council tax burdens for many Wirral pensioners will be a little lighter this year.
Over 75s across the borough will be entitled to receive a council tax reduction equating to £101 for band C properties.
So far 8757 have benefitted from the reduction.
Council leader Cllr Jeff Green said: “Many pensioners in Wirral have contributed throughout their lives to this Borough and many have been feeling the pinch.
“By cutting the running costs of the Council, we have been able to protect the support we give to our older Council Taxpayers.
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Watford’s highest elected officials argued for a greater share of Government funding during a meeting in London today.
Richard Harrington MP and Mayor Dorothy Thornhill met Bob Neil MP, a minister from the Department for Communities and Local Government, to state their case for the reconsideration of Watford Borough Council’s revenue support grant.
Since December’s announcement on the revised grants allocated to local authorities, Mayor Thornhill, Mr Harrington and Bernard Clark, the finance officer at the council, have been working towards securing a reassessment on its new budget.
The Government’s revised grants left Watford significantly worse off than had been expected, following changes to the floor protection plan and amendments to concessionary fares.
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