Supporting services that provide financial crisis support and advice
Boosting people’s incomes - either directly for example through council tax reduction, or indirectly through information and advice on tax, benefits and debt - is a vital strand in any food poverty reduction strategy. Local authorities have a number of levers at their disposal. These include direct financial support through council tax reduction, emergency or hardship grants and other financial provision, as well as funding welfare and debt advice services to maximise household incomes.
Food poverty alliances can take action by helping increase knowledge of the local levels of Council Tax Support and encouraging councils to set low minimum payments for people who qualify for Council Tax Support or Rate Relief.
- Council tax and rates (Low Incomes Tax Reform Group 2017)
- How has Council Tax Support affected claimants across England? (New Policy Institute 2017)
- Council tax support schemes in 2017-18: what are the key issues ahead of councils’ decisions? (New Policy Institute 2017)
- Best practice in Lambeth (p.23) and Recommendations for local government (p.32) from Still too poor to pay: three years of localised council tax support in London (CPAG and Z2K 2016)
- A guide to benefits (Citizens Advice Bureau)
- A guide to local welfare assistance schemes (Child Poverty Action Group)