Up to 70,000 low earners, single parents, and disabled people are being pursued by bailiffs over their failure to pay the “new poll tax”, according to figures revealed for the first time.

The country’s poorest people, who qualify for means-tested council tax benefit, have seen their annual bills rise after the Government imposed a 10 per cent reduction in funding for the handout last April.

New figures revealed by Freedom of Information requests show that 400,000 people have had liability orders imposed by the courts, while 70,000 of these have had letters from bailiffs.

Reported by the Independent on Sunday. You can read the full story here. 

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