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Haringey Council damages health by taxing working age benefits with council tax

We the undersigned petition the council to We the undersigned asked Haringey Councillors to read and broadcast by all means available the undeniable evidence from the Institute of health Equity that low income and debt damage mental and physical health, risk low birth weight and shorten lives; and to make plans to stop taxing working age benefits with council tax from April 2019 or sooner

The imposition by Haringey Council of council tax against working age benefits on top of cuts and caps imposed by central government damages mental and physical health, risks low birth weight and shortens lives in the already severely deprived wards of the borough.

For weeks sometimes months some households have no income to pay the tax due to the benefit sanction, the zero hours contract and the universal credit. Housing benefit has been cut by the overall benefit cap by the bedroom tax and by the local housing allowance while rents increase. The council is piling council tax arrears, court costs and bailiffs fees on top of rent arrears, family and individual insolvency and the expected dire increases in the cost of living.

This ePetition runs from 19/11/2017 to 15/01/2018.

100 people have signed this ePetition.