Council tax benefits 'perverse'

Press Association
Conservative Party council tax plans
Conservative Party council tax plans

Changes to council tax benefits have weakened work incentives for almost a quarter of a million people in England, some of whom stand to lose as much as 97p out of every extra pound they earn, a parliamentary report has found.

The chair of the influential House of Commons Public Accounts Committee, Margaret Hodge, branded the outcome "fundamentally perverse" and said that, in some areas, the decision to give local authorities powers to design support schemes for themselves has delivered the opposite result to what the Government intended.