It is suggested that up to half of people on low incomes will refuse to pay council tax after being caught in the net by benefit changes next year. Under the coalition’s plans to reduce council tax benefits 2m low-income workers will face an average bill of £247 a year – a charge they are currently exempt from. A study found that many councils were resigned to seeing large numbers of residents refusing to pay the tax. These are people on the lowest incomes. How can councils try to extract taxes from people who just do not have the money to pay?