Cornwall Council abolished council tax benefit today (Tues)
The shock move means the poorest people in the Duchy – the unemployed, disabled, low-waged – will be charged around £300 a year for the privilege of living indoors.
If you can’t pay, you’ll get taken to court, and possibly wind up with a criminal record.
Councillors lined up to condemn the new law at a council meeting this afternoon – but then passed it, moaning that they had no choice.
The local authority claim there is no other source for the money, because Government has told them to find an extra six million pounds in 2013.
They still spend millions each year on the hated Social Services division, and there is no sign the massive spend will ever be questioned
Apart from the fantastic general cost of employing social workers on high wages to terrorise families and abuse children , the council last year paid senior social workers £54,000 to explain away two recent tragic child deaths they caused.
The tax the council now seek to extract from the poorest people in the Duchy paid three social workers £24,000 for writing a report into the death of Lorna May, the Newquay schoolgirl who overdosed on drink and drugs
The shocking report tried to pin blame on Lorna’s innocent dad Roderick.
In fact, an official inquest hearing had ruled that Lorna’s death was the fault of the social workers and police who had ignored Mr May’s desperate pleas to let his daughter home.
The council then spent another £30,000 paying social workers to write another internal report clearing themselves of their responsibilty for the death of Cornish youngster Simone Grice.
The teenager committed suicide – and in their report, social workers shockingly blamed her grief-stricken mother
Social Services staff also tried to pin a child porn scandal on Scillies head-teacher Bryce Wilby , after he defied since ousted council chief Philip Hygate to try and take Five Islands school out of council control.
They were lying, and they still refuse to make public the ‘internal report’ they tried to cite to discredit him.
Although no-one is speaking out about the massive leak of money to secret departments, Indy councillor Andrew Wallis is involved in strenuous efforts to stop the new ‘law against the poor’ coming in on the 29th – the date of final approval.
Cllr Wallis said: “This proposal is taking a load of money from the people least able to supply it. Anyone who’s in receipt of council tax benefit, if this gets final approval onthe 29th, will pay 25 per-cent tax.
“That’s an extra £300 a year – it’speople on the dole, working credits, anyone.
“If you’re poor and you’ve got no money then you will have to pay 25 per-cent on a Band D house.
“If you don’t pay they’ll send a couple of letters and then prosecute you: it’s criminalising people.”
Andrew told CCN: “The webcast of the meeting was hideous, with cabinet members all saying it was terrible and then voting it through.
“I’ve had two meetings with the senior accountant, I’m working on different schemes, I have a list of lots of stuff and I can hope we can reduce the budget so we won’t make people pay this.
“I’ve just now finished looking at budget figures.”
“Basically it has to be authorised by Jan 31st or the Government will bring in an even more unpleasant alternative.”
Deputy Lib Dem leader Alex Folkes also pledged that his party would push for alternatives.
He called the behaviour of officers who pushed the proposal ‘scaremongering of the worst sort’.
Cllr Folkes blogged: “This council does not have to spend more than a million pounds a month on consultants and agency staff – but they do.
“This council did not have to give £50,000 to Plymouth to support its world cup bid nor hire taxis to ferry tea and coffee between offices – but they did.
“However the cabinet refused to listen or consider alternatives and chose to repeat their recommendation to full council next Tuesday.
“The Liberal Democrats will be seeking an alternative.”
Council tax in Cornwall is so high that even councillors themselves can’t afford to pay it
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