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Keep Council Tax Exemption for people on low incomes in Bristol

This petition had 3,668 supporters

Bristol City Council are currently consulting residents on changes to Council Tax Reduction from April 2018. The consultation offers 3 options, which would see those on low incomes and benefits having to pay Council Tax, affecting 25000 households.

ACORN tenants union and anti-poverty organising group condemns this consultation, and calls upon the council to keep the full exemption.

With rising numbers of people in the city using food banks, unacceptable levels of child poverty and dwindling access to public services and support, it is unacceptable that the council takes further money from those of us who are struggling the most to meet it's budget short falls.

Not only will this change lead to a rise in individual financial pressure and stress on citizens, it can only worsen problems of ill-health, malnutrition and homelessness with the knock on effect of the policy. If people are forced to choose between rent and council tax we can expect to see a rise in evictions.

In an economic climate characterised by insecure employment contracts, this change may potentially effect a huge number of people who fall upon hard times or find themselves out of work. 

By signing this petition the people named below demand that Bristol City Council

- Do not make any changes to the Council Tax Reduction scheme

We also agree to support ACORN’s campaign to protect anyone that these changes affect.

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