Low earners targeted by Tories as Lib Dems win council tax fight


Liberal Democrats on Lewes District Council have won their fight to change Tory-backed plans to reduce the amount of council tax relief for people including lone parents and carers on low incomes.

The Conservative plan involved assuming a ‘minimum income’ for the self-employed regardless of real earnings. Sarah Osborne, leader of the Lib Dems on the council, argued that this was discriminatory particularly for lone parents, those with caring responsibilities, and people with serious health conditions who cannot work 35 hours as required by the Tories’ ‘minimum income’.

“I was appalled at the Tory plans to take money out of the pockets of those who are already struggling to make ends meet.” says Sarah.

“Many people juggle running their own business with caring responsibilities and this plan would have made this impossible for some people. We should be supporting and encouraging people who want to take the brave step running their own business while taking on caring responsibilities.

“Thankfully common sense has prevailed and they’ve accepted the Lib Dem alternative plan that reverses the most damaging aspects of this scheme. Coupled with their efforts to slash tax credits that was so enthusiastically supported by our MP this shows us the extent of the Tories’ attack on low earners.”


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