Magazine article Public Finance

Councils Now 'Have Means to Push out Poor'

Magazine article Public Finance

Councils Now 'Have Means to Push out Poor'

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The Institute for Fiscal Studies has warned MPs that planned changes to Council Tax Benefit, outlined in last month's Comprehensive Spending Review, mean that local authorities have both an incentive and a means to force poor families out of their areas.

Giving evidence to the Treasury select committee on November 1, acting IFS director Carl Emmerson reiterated concerns about the policy, which will cut the benefit by 10% and hand it over to council control in 2013/14.

Asked if he was concerned that councils would use the benefit to encourage people to leave their area, Emmerson said; 'There is a concern that councils will have both the financial incentive and a mechanism by which they will get low- income individuals to move out of their area. That is a worry.'

Emmerson said the move could result in more than 100 Council Tax Benefit systems operating across England. He contrasted this with the Department for Work & Pensions' plans for a universal benefit, which he said would be 'very transparenf and easy to understand. …

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