Comment: Please watch the excellent half hour documentary: ‘Benefit Misery Exposed’. Also a big thanks to people in this organisation – Taxpayers Against Poverty – who help the poor, putting their own lives on the line to do so.
This thirty minute video made, at the request of and paid for by Haringey residents, describes winning in the courts against the council on two occasions.
First in the Supreme Court where their 2012 council tax consultation was found to be unlawful because the council had no alternative to taxing the poorest residents and had decided to do it before they consulted about it.
Second a liability order was found to be unlawful by the High Court because on the 2nd August 2013 the Tottenham magistrates and the council refused to say how they arrived at the £125 costs they impose on late and non payers on top of the arrears. The High Court decided that was “indefensible”.
We now await verdict of Grant Thornton, Haringey’s external auditors, on the legality or otherwise of that £125 costs which the council charges over 20,000 residents every year.
The video also touches on;
1. A benefit system providing incomes below the level needed for healthy living in work and unemployment, and reducing in value,
2. The creation of debts by national and local government in a chaotic housing market, where the three cuts in housing benefits result in unmanageable rent arrears,
3. Sanctions that make the payment of fines, rent and council tax arrears, court costs and fees impossible.