Council Tax

Are cuts to Council Tax Support in England a false economy for councils?

Commissioned by: Joseph Rowntree Foundation

  • Published 10th Aug 2017
  • Authors: Carla Ayrton, , Karen Barker,
  • Category: Council Tax

Key points

  • Total uncollected council tax is £400m higher than in 2013-14 when Council Tax Benefit was abolished.
  • The number of local authorities that have either retained CTB or set no minimum payment continues to decline, and more local authorities have set minimum payments of at least 20 per cent.
  • The 41 councils that retained CTB had £13.8m less uncollected council tax in 2016-17 than in 2012-13.  
  • The 67 councils that had a minimum payment of over 20 per cent in 2016-17 had the largest overall increase in that year- £48.6 million more than in 2012-13.
  • 25 councils had collection rates below 95 per cent in 2016-17, down from 28 the year before. 

About this report
This report was funded by JRF and written by Karen Barker and Carla Ayrton of the New Policy Institute. The views expressed in this report are those of the authors and not necessarily those of JRF.