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26 April 2013

Plymouth council asks for scrapping of bedroom tax

Plymouth City Council has voted 34 votes to 20 to write to the government asking the Con-Dems to scrap the bedroom tax

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3 April 2013

Them & Us

Black April: The front page headline of the Guardian called 1 April "The day that Britain changed". A number of the Tories' hated flagship policies are now in force, or due to be implemented later this month...

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9 January 2013

Campaigns - In brief

Sheffield Sure Start: 250 people protested in December outside Sheffield town hall against the Labour council's planned slashing of Sure Start children's centres and nurseries, writes Sharron Milsom.

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17 December 2012

Brighton & Hove lobby against council tax cuts

A petition of 700 signatures opposing cuts to council tax benefit collected from across Brighton and Hove was presented to Brighton and Hove council yesterday...

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3 October 2012

Council tax benefit - new and not improved

Most councils are now in the process of consulting on the Con-Dems' new Council Tax Support Scheme - the new and not improved way council tax benefit will be paid, writes Becci Heagney.

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8 August 2012

Brighton pensioner jailed for non-payment of council tax

In 2011 Brighton and Hove became the first local authority in Britain to be run by the Greens. The Green manifesto looked forward to "a just and equal city where everybody is treated with kindness, respect and dignity".

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6 August 2012

Council tax benefit cuts

Reject the poison choices and unite against all cuts: Another vicious attack on the most vulnerable has been launched by the Con-Dem government, by slashing the amount of council tax benefit people receive.

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25 July 2012

Them & Us

Council tax madness: Yet more attacks on housing for the poor are filling the headlines - this time it's cuts to council tax benefit...

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12 January 2011

Councils ramp up service charges

COUNCILS ARE massively increasing charges to residents - aside from hefty council tax increases - for providing local services...

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10 September 2008

Scotland council tax to be scrapped

The SNP government has set out its proposal to scrap the discredited council tax and replace it with a local income tax (LIT), writes Brian Smith and Philip Stott.

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28 May 2008

Tax the rich not the poor!

Over four million low-paid workers felt some relief when Gordon Brown was forced into his tax u-turn, writes Judy Beishon.

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14 May 2008

Opposing cutbacks in Lincolnshire

AFTER A hard-fought election campaign, Socialist Party members in Lincoln celebrated a first-time showing of 127 votes (6.2%) in the 1 May elections in Carholme ward, writes Nick Parker.

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26 March 2008

A revolt against council tax?

No to cuts! Make the rich pay! THE NON-STOP assault on working-class pockets is getting more vicious in Lincolnshire, where the Police Authority recently voted to increase its council tax precept by a whopping 78.9 per cent, writes Marc Glasscoe,.

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2 February 2006

Fighting council cuts in Devon

MANY LOCAL councils are considering cutting services to try to keep council tax increases down. A new survey suggests that 28% admit to planning cuts in jobs and services, blaming increased fuel bills and above-inflation rises...

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3 April 2004

Stop The Council Tax Rip-Off

"WHAT WE are saying is that we are going to have a go," Nancy Taaffe told the socialist. Nancy, a member of Waltham Forest Unison and the Socialist Party in northeast London is helping to organise a local demonstration...

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6 March 2004

Council Tax - Unfair And Regressive

THE COUNCIL tax has become Britain's most hated tax. Millions struggle to pay ever- rising council tax bills while local authorities use the courts and bailiffs to retrieve arrears. In the next few weeks, we should all find out how much our council...

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7 February 2004

Stop These Council Cuts

Southampton: "I USE the centre because it's convenient for me and my family and friends. We're not rich, we can't afford to join posh health clubs where the fees are very high. Soon there'll be nowhere to go and the young will be back on the streets getting...

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24 January 2004

Ealing's Financial Crisis

EALING COUNCIL in west London is facing a massive financial crisis, which local authority workers and services users will be expected to pay for. This crisis has been brewing for some time...

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