Council tax benefit cut February 2nd, 2013 admin Latest News Shares Comments Council tax benefit cut The government has tied the hands of local authorities, and is forcing in council tax increases that will hit the poorest hardest, UNISON warned. Adding its voice to the growing outcry against the government’s cut to council tax benefit, the union warned that councils would be placed under unmanageable pressure to provide even basic services if budgets continue to be cut. When council tax benefit becomes council tax support in April, local authorities will have 10% less in their budgets due to government cuts. The union said this meant low-income households would bear the brunt as local authorities struggled to fund services across the board. UNISON general secretary Dave Prentis said: “We have warned since this government began it’s slash and burn attack on our public services that local authorities will only be able to take so much cutting. “The government has passed the responsibility and the blame for this increase in council tax squarely on the shoulders of local authorities, but it is their attacks on benefits and massive budget cuts that are at fault. “Local authorities are struggling to provide basic services while libraries, elderly care centres, swimming pools and nurseries close down. “The governments cuts agenda is strangling local authorities, stifling growth and keeping the poorest in our society in a downward spiral towards poverty.” Submit News Contact us with your community, business or sport news. Phone 07930717137 Email [email protected] Twitter www.twitter.com/onthespot_news Breaking local news as it happens, searchable archives with photographs, the ability to instantly comment on news articles – there are so many advantages to OTS (Onthespot) News. If you want your news read locally online then send it to [email protected] – relying only on the newspaper is to restrict yourself to an ever reducing audience. Onthespot – your online reporter www.onthespotnews.co.uk Do you have a story to tell? Call OTS www.callots.co.uk Please text or phone 07930717137 or email [email protected] Follow OTS (Onthespot) on Twitter www.twitter.com/onthespot_news Related Comments comments!