The last Coalition government (the Tories propped up by the LibDems) stated that everyone had to pay something towards their Council Tax, regardless of their circumstances or need.
As a consequence, the council has been forced to increase the amount disabled people pay to 15%, equivalent to £2.83 a week for a band A household.
However, Labour-led Newcastle City Council does not want to impose these costs on residents struggling to get by, and has taken the decision to protect 14,000 low-income families entitled to Council Tax support. The council will be reducing the amount they pay, from reducing from 20% to 15%.
If you are struggling to pay your Council Tax, please get in touch with your Labour team for advice.