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Hilary Benn MP, Labour's Shadow Communities and Local Government Secretary, responding to reports today on Council Tax benefit, said:

"Pickles's 'poll tax' is a 450 million pound bombshell that will hit people on low incomes, including those who work, carers and the disabled. Last week the Prime Minister claimed he would freeze council tax next year, but in fact this disastrous tax increase will hit those who simply can't afford it. And it will come in on the same day as a massive tax cut for millionaires. It's a shambles which shows exactly why this Tory-led Government isn't fit to lead Britain as One Nation."

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