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East Lancashire Lib Dem peer slams council tax benefit cut plans
2:06pm Monday 1st October 2012 in News
LIBERAL Democrat peer Lord Greaves has condemned Coalition plans to axe council tax benefit payments as ‘disgraceful’.
The veteran East Lancashire politician has blasted proposals which will see town halls nationwide forced to make 10per cent cuts in their benefits bill – primarily by axing payments to working-age payers by around 20per cent.
Lord Greaves, who also represents Colne’s Waterside ward, speaking at a Pendle full council meeting, said: “It is a ludicrous proposal. Councils are going to be put in an impossible position.”
Increasing council tax bills was not an option, he said, as any rise would be capped by government.
He said the only alternative was cutting further services by making savings elsewhere, leaving benefit cuts as the only realistic choice.