York Green Party

Change York's regressive council tax scheme, urges Cllr Kramm

12 November 2015

York Green Party Cllr Lars Kramm has called for York's "regressive" council tax scheme to be changed and urged York residents to make their voices heard in the ongoing City of York Council consultation.

Since 2013, York has had one of the most regressive council tax support schemes in the country with everyone having to pay at least 30% of their bill regardless of their circumstances, a threshold much higher than the national council average of 13%. At the last full council meeting there was finally an agreement among all political parties to review and to undertake a short consultation to implement changes as soon as possible.

Cllr Kramm said: "For years the Green Party has condemned the government’s cut to council tax benefit and the decision of the Labour administration to force York’s most vulnerable residents to pay an unaffordable amount of council tax. We believe the Council should do everything within its power to soften the blow of the scheme and I urge residents to respond to the consultation and to call for further support for York's most financially vulnerable residents".

York Green Party's Cllr Denise Craghill also called for a review of the scheme earlier this year, saying: "Research has shown that any reduction in the amount required of people would be a huge help. I would very much like to see this review go forward in a timescale that can make a difference".

You can read Advice York's summary of research into council tax support, 'Pushed Into Poverty', here.

You can fill out the City of York Council consultation here (it should take less than five minutes).

There are also a number of drop-in sessions on the consultation:

Thursday 12 November – Council Tax Support consultation drop-in session at Burton Stone Community Centre from 2.30pm to 7.30pm.

Monday 16 November – Council Tax Support consultation drop-in session at Haxby Explore from 2.30pm to 7pm.

Tuesday 17 November – Council Tax Support consultation drop-in session at Acomb Explore from 2.30pm to 7.30pm.

Monday 23 November – Council Tax Support consultation drop-in session at Tang Hall Explore from 2.30pm to 7.30pm.

Tuesday 24 November – Council Tax Support consultation drop-in session at Copmanthorpe Library from 2.30pm to 6.30pm.

Thursday 26 November – Council Tax Support consultation drop-in session at Fulford Explore from 2.30pm to 5pm.

 







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