The Daily Telegraph (Dec 30th) reports that more then 23,000 Westminster residents have been sent warnings that they risk having their council tax benefit cut if they engage in bad behaviour. Landlord insurance clients often find themselves dragged in to situations where tenants have behaved badly. The size of the reduction would depend on the severity of the anti-social behaviour with criminal activity resulting in the most severe reductions.

In 2013 local authorities will take control of council tax benefit and it is possible that others will follow Westminster’s example. Westminster is also thinking about reducing council tax benefit for people who do not make an effort to obtain employment.