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Friday, February 1, 2013

Robbing the 99% to enrich the 1%: UK’s poorest families face hundreds of percent tax rise

Under the UK government’s austerity program millions of low income households are facing a hike in their council tax bills of up to 333% a year. New changes are to be introduced this April, while Scotland and Wales chose not to implement the cuts to benefits.
The UK benefits system is about to undergo it’s most radical restructuring since the introduction of the welfare state after the Second World War and many families will be pushed further into poverty, a new report by the Resolution Foundation think tank reveals.
The biggest shakeup will be in Council Tax, a tax paid by households to local councils, which is not decided by income. Currently people on low paid jobs or the unemployed can apply for Council Tax Benefit (CTB), effectively exempting them from paying the tax.
All other means tested benefits will be streamlined into one national system, which will be called Universal Credit (UC), a move welcomed by the report’s authors.
CTB is a national scheme and provides assistance to nearly 6 million low income families in the UK; but as of the 1st April 2013 CTB will cease to exist.
 Read More: UK’s poorest families face hundreds of percent tax rise — RT

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Budget cuts hurt British economy - study

The British economy won’t begin to recover until 2014, as government’s cuts and the euro crisis slash demand which is a key driver for UK economy growth, is the conclusion of a study prepared by a leading UK think tank.
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UK tax watchdog: Britain needs $102 billion in austerity cuts

Britain will need another $102 billion in tough austerity measures to cope with an ageing population, the UK’s tax and spending watchdog has warned.
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