LBWF backs down on proposed changes to its Council Tax Support scheme

Some good news for a change.

A couple of weeks ago, I wrote about Labour’s plan to drastically increase the proportion of council tax that the poorer sections of society would be required to pay in the forthcoming financial year.

However, I now understand that, due to pressure from Labour’s rank and file, in tandem with the opposition of ‘some’ councillors, the rate will stay the same as before, higher than other London boroughs, true, but at least flatlining.

It would be nice to think that this volte-face represents a significant turning point, and that after disasters like the Better Neighbourhoods Initiative and Worknet, Labour’s leadership has finally re-discoved a taste for social justice.

Many will fear, however, that the real driver is internal party wrangling, with some Cabinet members desperately trying to appear ‘lefter than thou’ in the face of Corbyism.

Still, it is an ill wind that blows no good…

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