‘Bridget Jones’ tax bomshell fear for people living on own

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Sheffield’s ruling Labour councillors have been challenged over the future of the 25 per cent council tax discount for single occupiers.

A submission made by the Local Government Association to government ministers has asked for powers to remove council tax discounts, including the single-person discount.

The move has been branded a ‘Bridget Jones tax’ by opposition Liberal Democrat councillors in Sheffield, who said the change would affect 86,000 people in the city who would receive a £372 yearly hike for a single person living a Band D property.

Coun Simon Clement-Jones, Liberal Democrat finance spokesman, said: “It’s unfair to hit single people, who make less use of council services.”

Sheffield Council said it has no plans to axe the single person’s discount.