Britons FURIOUS with Jeremy Corbyn over new attack on pensioners - ‘The man’s a BUFFOON!’

Nearly three million pensioners could face council tax hikes averaging more than £300 a year under Labour plans to scrap discounts for single people. Tory analysis of proposals for a local “progressive property tax” floated by a Labour policy discussion group showed retired households would be hardest hit by the levy. Voters took to social media to vent their anger at the plan, with Britons branding Mr Corbyn “a buffoon” for proposing it.

One commenter said: “We’ve already had 3 years of council tax hikes. Along with cutting all public services.”

Another added: “Most Pensioners have spent their life working and paying their taxes now they are expected to pay more out of a lower income!”

A third said: “Our council tax tripled under labour the last time. Our house will be up for sale if they get in because we couldn’t afford to keep it.”

Another said: “It’s the Labour way give to those who don’t give anything at the expense of the old who gave everything!”


Nearly three million pensioners could face council tax hikes averaging more than £300 a year (Image: GETTY/FACEBOOK)


The figure was equivalent to 13 percent of all English homes (Image: GETTY)

Another added: “I find it very scary that there are people out there that are going to make up their minds who they are voting for based on what the leaders say in the run up. Wow!”

Another said: “He won’t be happy until we all live in communes, keeping chickens and pigs to survive and cycling everywhere. The man’s a buffoon!”

Labour insiders appeared to distance themselves from the plan, insisting the measure will not be included in the party’s general election manifesto due to be published by Jeremy Corbyn tomorrow.

The row erupted when the Tories seized a Labour policy paper, Land For The Many, published earlier this year that recommended a local “progressive property tax” targeted at homeowners to replace council tax.

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It suggested that the new tax should be designed to discourage people living from alone in large homes.

The document said: “Rather than discouraging this inefficiency, our council tax system actually offers discounts for second homes and for single people occupying large homes, encouraging the over consumption of housing.”

Tory analysis showed that pensioners, including many widows and widowers, would be disproportionately affected by ending council levy discounts for single people because they were more likely to be living alone.

Communities Secretary Robert Jenrick said: “Under Jeremy Corbyn, local residents face a barrage of new taxes on their homes and gardens.

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“Up to three million pensioners face losing up to £700 a year just because they live alone.

“This is an unfair tax on widows and widowers, who deserve dignity and security in retirement.

“Both Labour and Liberal Democrats want to tax pensioners out of their family home, despite the fact that the elderly have worked and paid their taxes over their lives.

“Labour’s extreme economic policies would a disaster for local taxpayers, and everyone would pay the price in higher taxes, fewer jobs and less money for public services.


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“Conservatives are opposing these tax hike plans, and we will protect the long-standing council tax discounts to which local residents are entitled.”

The Tory analysis calculated that a single person in an average house could pay £332 more a year if council tax was replaced by a new system without discounts for single people.

Under the present system, council taxpayers are entitled to a 25 per cent discount on their annual bills if they live alone.

Using the electoral roll and demographic data, Tory researchers found 2.8million pensioners were currently living alone in England.


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The figure was equivalent to 13 percent of all English homes, with coastal areas including North Norfolk, Scarborough, Chichester, Arun and Eastbourne showing the highest concentrations of pensioners living alone.

Tory researchers also calculated that a new local tax based on 0.7 percent of property values could lead to an average £707 increase in annual bills for single households.

A Labour spokesman refused to comment when approached by

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