1.6 million children, living in 920,000 families, are now dealing with council tax debt.

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New Children’s Society report illustrates growing Council Tax debt problem

This morning (26th March 2015) the Children’s Society published their new report TheWolf at the Door – How council tax debt collection is harming children’. The report is a much welcome and very timely contribution to the evidence that Council Tax debt is a growing problem.

The report finds that 1.6 million children, living in 920,000 families, are now dealing with council tax debt. This is a growing problem with the number of court summons issued for non-payment rising by a third to almost two million between 2012/13 and 2013/14.

Unsurprisingly the abolition of Council Tax Benefit and the introduction of minimum payment Council Tax Support schemes has played a significant role in these rising arrears. A third of families surveyed for the report said the changes to council tax support were a key contributing factor to…

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