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Council tax benefit to be slashed in Burnley and Pendle

COUNCIL tax benefit is set to be slashed by up to 20 per cent for working-age claimants in Pendle - and eight per cent in neighbouring Burnley.

The Pendle scheme has been condemned as a ‘fundamental attack on the poor’, as 4,900 wait to hear the new charges they will face in 2013, which could be around £150 per year.

Burnley’s alternative has been tempered by using a transition grant, offered by the government, and income from reforms to council tax payments for empty homes.

Coun Joe Cooney, Conservative leader of Pendle Council, described the authority’s plans as ‘fair and reasonable’ - and supported by a public consultation exercise.

But Coun Mohammed Iqbal, Pendle’s Labour group leader, said: “This is a fundamental attack on the poor and vulnerable working-age people of Pendle.

“Even an extra £2.74 per week is not insignificant for people who are on the poverty line and has no prospect of work. The Tories and Liberal Democrats should be ashamed of themselves Coun Ann Kerrigan, a Lib Dem, added: “What frightens me about this it is not rewarding people who work, it is punishing people who cannot find work.”

Introducing Burnley’s scheme, Coun Mark Townsend said it was apparent, from consultation work, that the majority felt working age claimants should pay at least something towards their council tax bill.

He told a full council meeting that a hardship fund would also be created to consider requests for assistance from the worst-hit households. Around 7,000 claimants are affected.

Coun Anne Kelly (Lib Dem), said that an extra £3 per week payment for council tax would not mean families going hungry or children going to school without shoes “I think there are very few families that will not be able to find £3 per week. But I think that there could a problem with collections for very small amounts,” she added.

Coun Marcus Johnstone said that the extra payments followed government moves to place more people on cheaper job seekers allowance payments and the prospect of a new ‘bedroom tax’ for under-occupied homes.

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11:55am Sat 22 Dec 12

frank says...

"Coun Joe Cooney, Conservative leader of Pendle Council, described the authority’s plans as ‘fair and reasonable’ - and supported by a public consultation exercise."
well a tory would say that wouldn't they.

they really do despise anyone who doesn't have a seven figure bank account don't they?
"Coun Joe Cooney, Conservative leader of Pendle Council, described the authority’s plans as ‘fair and reasonable’ - and supported by a public consultation exercise." well a tory would say that wouldn't they. they really do despise anyone who doesn't have a seven figure bank account don't they? frank
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2:01pm Sat 22 Dec 12

doctor1970 says...

I don't pay council tax anyway. I wouldn't pay it anyway, all the council does is empty ur wheelie bin once a fortnight if ur lucky
I don't pay council tax anyway. I wouldn't pay it anyway, all the council does is empty ur wheelie bin once a fortnight if ur lucky doctor1970
  • Score: 1

3:42pm Sat 22 Dec 12

oh give it a rest says...

I'm sorry Cllr Kelly, but how do you come to this conclusion that an EXTRA £3.00 a week would not put a lot of Burnley people into further poverty, its not just council tax that would potential cut folks to the quik but potentially the extra housing benefit that they may have to top up and then there is the extra bed room tax for under occupancy, Burnley is FULL to the brim of two bedroom terraces many still up Harle Syke and Hag gate as well as over all other wards of our town, how can you put a bedroom tax on people whom wish to live on their own and then get penalised for taking this option in life, can I ask Councillor Townsend will there be a levy with the Rent Assessment/ Assessor as part of the course, as Burnley does NOT have enough ONE bedroom apartments or housing. Burnley has a two up two down majority of housing stock, with many people opting to live in these excellent well made properties. Why should the government penalise single occupancy in areas such as Burnley when there is INDEED not enough ONE bed properties for all the single occupants of Burnley.
I'm sorry Cllr Kelly, but how do you come to this conclusion that an EXTRA £3.00 a week would not put a lot of Burnley people into further poverty, its not just council tax that would potential cut folks to the quik but potentially the extra housing benefit that they may have to top up and then there is the extra bed room tax for under occupancy, Burnley is FULL to the brim of two bedroom terraces many still up Harle Syke and Hag gate as well as over all other wards of our town, how can you put a bedroom tax on people whom wish to live on their own and then get penalised for taking this option in life, can I ask Councillor Townsend will there be a levy with the Rent Assessment/ Assessor as part of the course, as Burnley does NOT have enough ONE bedroom apartments or housing. Burnley has a two up two down majority of housing stock, with many people opting to live in these excellent well made properties. Why should the government penalise single occupancy in areas such as Burnley when there is INDEED not enough ONE bed properties for all the single occupants of Burnley. oh give it a rest
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3:58pm Sat 22 Dec 12

oh give it a rest says...

And whilst I am standing up to defend the good folk of Burnley being sent into poverty by this and the last government. I find it disgusting to think people of our town are in need of using the excellent resourse of the local FOOD BANKS... are we going back in time, is the work houses next to return? People working and out of work are now found to be knocking on the door of the foodbanks looking for help to feed themselves in this day and age, its OUTRAGEOUS, these poor people feel ashamed enough and probably feel no self worth etc, then they HAVE to make the decision to ask for help, as the family have nothing left to feed themselves, let along pay bills, heating, water etc. The previous and current government should HANG THEIR HEADS IN SHAME. Instead of sending all the aid abroad constantly feeding others, WHY NOT TRY FEEDING OUR OWN FIRST FOR A CHANGE. Let the people of Britain feel great again, not ashamed due to how they are having the live their lives. ITS AN OUTRAGE.

Great Britain and its people need to come first, why cant you lot not see this or do you chose NOT TO...Try watching the television reports on Food Banks, poverty etc, instead of knocking back your drinkies in the bar.
And whilst I am standing up to defend the good folk of Burnley being sent into poverty by this and the last government. I find it disgusting to think people of our town are in need of using the excellent resourse of the local FOOD BANKS... are we going back in time, is the work houses next to return? People working and out of work are now found to be knocking on the door of the foodbanks looking for help to feed themselves in this day and age, its OUTRAGEOUS, these poor people feel ashamed enough and probably feel no self worth etc, then they HAVE to make the decision to ask for help, as the family have nothing left to feed themselves, let along pay bills, heating, water etc. The previous and current government should HANG THEIR HEADS IN SHAME. Instead of sending all the aid abroad constantly feeding others, WHY NOT TRY FEEDING OUR OWN FIRST FOR A CHANGE. Let the people of Britain feel great again, not ashamed due to how they are having the live their lives. ITS AN OUTRAGE. Great Britain and its people need to come first, why cant you lot not see this or do you chose NOT TO...Try watching the television reports on Food Banks, poverty etc, instead of knocking back your drinkies in the bar. oh give it a rest
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4:01pm Sat 22 Dec 12

english rose 1 says...

doctor1970 wrote:
I don't pay council tax anyway. I wouldn't pay it anyway, all the council does is empty ur wheelie bin once a fortnight if ur lucky
Errrrrr.... I presume you have received an education (although by the comments above, maybe not !). And who do you think pays for social services ?
*
About 75% of Council tax goes towards paying for these 2 services.
[quote][p][bold]doctor1970[/bold] wrote: I don't pay council tax anyway. I wouldn't pay it anyway, all the council does is empty ur wheelie bin once a fortnight if ur lucky[/p][/quote]Errrrrr.... I presume you have received an education (although by the comments above, maybe not !). And who do you think pays for social services ? * About 75% of Council tax goes towards paying for these 2 services. english rose 1
  • Score: 0

6:15pm Sat 22 Dec 12

Return of the Magnificent se7en says...

Mr Camoron is fixing Broken Britain. Soon to be fixed beyond repair. Take off the needy and line the pockets of your banker buddies whilst quaffing champagne and venison with Rebecca Brooks, the witch who digs up bodies to get their sim details. Slug vomit are welcome to eachother. I hope she gets jailed for 20 years and then bursts the bubble on all these freeloaders
Mr Camoron is fixing Broken Britain. Soon to be fixed beyond repair. Take off the needy and line the pockets of your banker buddies whilst quaffing champagne and venison with Rebecca Brooks, the witch who digs up bodies to get their sim details. Slug vomit are welcome to eachother. I hope she gets jailed for 20 years and then bursts the bubble on all these freeloaders Return of the Magnificent se7en
  • Score: 1

11:21pm Sat 22 Dec 12

Black Car Guy. says...

doctor1970 wrote:
I don't pay council tax anyway. I wouldn't pay it anyway, all the council does is empty ur wheelie bin once a fortnight if ur lucky
You should pay your taxes. It helps those on the dole and sit at home people survive. They need their beer and stuff.
[quote][p][bold]doctor1970[/bold] wrote: I don't pay council tax anyway. I wouldn't pay it anyway, all the council does is empty ur wheelie bin once a fortnight if ur lucky[/p][/quote]You should pay your taxes. It helps those on the dole and sit at home people survive. They need their beer and stuff. Black Car Guy.
  • Score: 0

7:41am Sun 23 Dec 12

alldaylong says...

oh give it a rest wrote:
And whilst I am standing up to defend the good folk of Burnley being sent into poverty by this and the last government. I find it disgusting to think people of our town are in need of using the excellent resourse of the local FOOD BANKS... are we going back in time, is the work houses next to return? People working and out of work are now found to be knocking on the door of the foodbanks looking for help to feed themselves in this day and age, its OUTRAGEOUS, these poor people feel ashamed enough and probably feel no self worth etc, then they HAVE to make the decision to ask for help, as the family have nothing left to feed themselves, let along pay bills, heating, water etc. The previous and current government should HANG THEIR HEADS IN SHAME. Instead of sending all the aid abroad constantly feeding others, WHY NOT TRY FEEDING OUR OWN FIRST FOR A CHANGE. Let the people of Britain feel great again, not ashamed due to how they are having the live their lives. ITS AN OUTRAGE.

Great Britain and its people need to come first, why cant you lot not see this or do you chose NOT TO...Try watching the television reports on Food Banks, poverty etc, instead of knocking back your drinkies in the bar.
Well said give it a rest.
What a sad country we have become, there are genuine people out there who a struggling and all this government can do is drum up enough hatred for anyone who claims anything from the state, just start thinking all you people who are just about paying your bills and trying to make your neighbours think you are doing well one of these days it could be you!
[quote][p][bold]oh give it a rest[/bold] wrote: And whilst I am standing up to defend the good folk of Burnley being sent into poverty by this and the last government. I find it disgusting to think people of our town are in need of using the excellent resourse of the local FOOD BANKS... are we going back in time, is the work houses next to return? People working and out of work are now found to be knocking on the door of the foodbanks looking for help to feed themselves in this day and age, its OUTRAGEOUS, these poor people feel ashamed enough and probably feel no self worth etc, then they HAVE to make the decision to ask for help, as the family have nothing left to feed themselves, let along pay bills, heating, water etc. The previous and current government should HANG THEIR HEADS IN SHAME. Instead of sending all the aid abroad constantly feeding others, WHY NOT TRY FEEDING OUR OWN FIRST FOR A CHANGE. Let the people of Britain feel great again, not ashamed due to how they are having the live their lives. ITS AN OUTRAGE. Great Britain and its people need to come first, why cant you lot not see this or do you chose NOT TO...Try watching the television reports on Food Banks, poverty etc, instead of knocking back your drinkies in the bar.[/p][/quote]Well said give it a rest. What a sad country we have become, there are genuine people out there who a struggling and all this government can do is drum up enough hatred for anyone who claims anything from the state, just start thinking all you people who are just about paying your bills and trying to make your neighbours think you are doing well one of these days it could be you! alldaylong
  • Score: 0

10:07am Sun 23 Dec 12

DaveBurnley says...

"Coun Anne Kelly (Lib Dem), said that an extra £3 per week payment for council tax would not mean families going hungry or children going to school without shoes “I think there are very few families that will not be able to find £3 per week."



Unfortunately it's not just council tax, it's increases all round, this is just the final straw.
"Coun Anne Kelly (Lib Dem), said that an extra £3 per week payment for council tax would not mean families going hungry or children going to school without shoes “I think there are very few families that will not be able to find £3 per week." Unfortunately it's not just council tax, it's increases all round, this is just the final straw. DaveBurnley
  • Score: 1

12:50pm Sun 23 Dec 12

Begbie says...

It's simple. Vote the Tory vermin out of this region. They have no place here!
It's simple. Vote the Tory vermin out of this region. They have no place here! Begbie
  • Score: 1

4:53pm Sun 23 Dec 12

BIG BOSS says...

Better all start just living in communes, because they are hellbent on freeing up houses, for the next lot of EU members.
Better all start just living in communes, because they are hellbent on freeing up houses, for the next lot of EU members. BIG BOSS
  • Score: 0

11:22am Mon 24 Dec 12

2 for 5p says...

Oh what a shame our local gutter scum having to pay towards council services, just like everyone else.
£3 a week oh what a lot of money that's just slightly less than 10 fags.
Oh what a shame our local gutter scum having to pay towards council services, just like everyone else. £3 a week oh what a lot of money that's just slightly less than 10 fags. 2 for 5p
  • Score: -1

12:21pm Mon 24 Dec 12

HecticBigBoy says...

if the Barnfield bungs were put into council funds these cuts wouldn't be needed, all the high fliers making sure their pockets are lined. I accept people abuse the system but its also bad management from PBC too !
if the Barnfield bungs were put into council funds these cuts wouldn't be needed, all the high fliers making sure their pockets are lined. I accept people abuse the system but its also bad management from PBC too ! HecticBigBoy
  • Score: 1

12:25pm Mon 24 Dec 12

HecticBigBoy says...

oh give it a rest wrote:
And whilst I am standing up to defend the good folk of Burnley being sent into poverty by this and the last government. I find it disgusting to think people of our town are in need of using the excellent resourse of the local FOOD BANKS... are we going back in time, is the work houses next to return? People working and out of work are now found to be knocking on the door of the foodbanks looking for help to feed themselves in this day and age, its OUTRAGEOUS, these poor people feel ashamed enough and probably feel no self worth etc, then they HAVE to make the decision to ask for help, as the family have nothing left to feed themselves, let along pay bills, heating, water etc. The previous and current government should HANG THEIR HEADS IN SHAME. Instead of sending all the aid abroad constantly feeding others, WHY NOT TRY FEEDING OUR OWN FIRST FOR A CHANGE. Let the people of Britain feel great again, not ashamed due to how they are having the live their lives. ITS AN OUTRAGE. Great Britain and its people need to come first, why cant you lot not see this or do you chose NOT TO...Try watching the television reports on Food Banks, poverty etc, instead of knocking back your drinkies in the bar.
Couldn't agree more, its a crime that our politicians feel its important to keep sending aid to every country in need around the world while we have people struggling on the breadline, having to use food banks and ask for handouts to survive.

For Gods sake, get our own economy sorted, get Britain back to being Great and stop making it the welfare state for Asians, East Europeans and any other nation that realises its the great handout state.
[quote][p][bold]oh give it a rest[/bold] wrote: And whilst I am standing up to defend the good folk of Burnley being sent into poverty by this and the last government. I find it disgusting to think people of our town are in need of using the excellent resourse of the local FOOD BANKS... are we going back in time, is the work houses next to return? People working and out of work are now found to be knocking on the door of the foodbanks looking for help to feed themselves in this day and age, its OUTRAGEOUS, these poor people feel ashamed enough and probably feel no self worth etc, then they HAVE to make the decision to ask for help, as the family have nothing left to feed themselves, let along pay bills, heating, water etc. The previous and current government should HANG THEIR HEADS IN SHAME. Instead of sending all the aid abroad constantly feeding others, WHY NOT TRY FEEDING OUR OWN FIRST FOR A CHANGE. Let the people of Britain feel great again, not ashamed due to how they are having the live their lives. ITS AN OUTRAGE. Great Britain and its people need to come first, why cant you lot not see this or do you chose NOT TO...Try watching the television reports on Food Banks, poverty etc, instead of knocking back your drinkies in the bar.[/p][/quote]Couldn't agree more, its a crime that our politicians feel its important to keep sending aid to every country in need around the world while we have people struggling on the breadline, having to use food banks and ask for handouts to survive. For Gods sake, get our own economy sorted, get Britain back to being Great and stop making it the welfare state for Asians, East Europeans and any other nation that realises its the great handout state. HecticBigBoy
  • Score: 0

4:06pm Sat 29 Dec 12

HairyBowls says...

All the comments about jobless scum getting their just deserts are foolish comments...most claimants of CTB are in work in low paid employment, so this tory policy really is an attack on the poorest in society.
All the comments about jobless scum getting their just deserts are foolish comments...most claimants of CTB are in work in low paid employment, so this tory policy really is an attack on the poorest in society. HairyBowls
  • Score: 1

4:09pm Sat 29 Dec 12

HairyBowls says...

DaveBurnley wrote:
"Coun Anne Kelly (Lib Dem), said that an extra £3 per week payment for council tax would not mean families going hungry or children going to school without shoes “I think there are very few families that will not be able to find £3 per week."



Unfortunately it's not just council tax, it's increases all round, this is just the final straw.
Spot on ;-)
[quote][p][bold]DaveBurnley[/bold] wrote: "Coun Anne Kelly (Lib Dem), said that an extra £3 per week payment for council tax would not mean families going hungry or children going to school without shoes “I think there are very few families that will not be able to find £3 per week." Unfortunately it's not just council tax, it's increases all round, this is just the final straw.[/p][/quote]Spot on ;-) HairyBowls
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