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R (on the application of SARAH STIRLING) v HARINGEY LONDON BOROUGH COUNCILCA (Civ Div)

A consultation conducted before a local authority introduced a council tax reduction scheme was not rendered unfair and unlawful by the failure to give information about alternative funding possibilities, nor did announcement of a subsequent transitional grant scheme require further consultation

1 March 2013

[2013] EWCA Civ 116

CA (Civ Div) – Sir Terence Etherton (Chancellor), Sullivan LJ, Pitchford LJ

22 February 2013

The appellant (S) appealed against the refusal ([2013] EWHC 252 (Admin)) of her claim for judicial review of a decision of the respondent local authority (H) to introduce a council tax reduction scheme.

Following the abolition of Council Tax Benefit (CTB) by the Welfare Reform Act 2012 s.33. and a 10 per cent reduction in funding from central government, each local billing authority was required to propose a Council Tax Reduction Scheme. H’s scheme made up the shortfall by increasing the payments from only those 36,000 households in receipt of CTB and did not alter the draft scheme to fulfil the criteria for a t...

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