The gauche assumptions of cutting further to pay the Council tax support for those most in need is covered below.
But if such contributions were required, well it was only right that everybody should contribute.
Now where have we heard that before? Ah Yes, the “Community Charge” or “Poll tax” of the eighties / nineties.
The answer is of course, that everyone should contribute, when they are able to. But it’s never possible. Hence the creation of social security.
And hence the creation of “Council Tax Benefit” as one of the concessions to public outrage as Council Tax was introduced to replace “Poll Tax”.
I remember Mick Lyons once saying that this should never have been called a benefit. It was supposed to be an exemption, yet the very name deterred a number of pensioners from every claiming it.