Mayor John Biggs rejects Government’s Pay to Stay Tenant Tax

Mayor John Biggs has rejected the Conservative Government’s Pay to Stay and pledged it won’t be adopted in Tower Hamlets.

The announcement was made at last night’s council meeting after widespread opposition meant the government were forced to water down the plans to charge council tenants 15p for every additional pound their household earns over £40,000. Instead of making the policy mandatory for all local authorities the Government confirmed recently that it would make the change voluntary.

The Pay to Stay tax would mean a nurse and a paramedic living in Tower Hamlets would face additional rent payments if it was introduced, potentially pushing families into poverty.

The Mayor said he had ruled out the policy because it was a tax on aspiration and risked pushing families already struggling to make ends meet into poverty.

Speaking at last night’s council meeting, Mayor of Tower Hamlets John Biggs said:

“The Pay to Stay proposals are little more than a Tory tax on tenants. Instead of punishing those in council homes the Government should be focused on bringing private sector rents down to sensible levels.

“I do not believe it is fair to punish families who live in council homes for seeking to improve their circumstances, it is a tax on aspiration and risks pushing families already struggling to make ends meet into poverty.

“Pay to Stay has no place in the East End and Tower Hamlets will not be introducing it as long as I am Mayor.”


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