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Council Tax: Labour's figures do not stack up, say Tories

11 October 2013 Last updated at 13:23 BST

Local Government minister Brandon Lewis has said Labour's claim that hundreds of thousands of people have been taken to court in England for non-payment of council tax - owing to benefit changes - is "misleading".

Labour said 112 English councils had reported issuing 156,000 court summonses since April to people paying more tax, as a result of the changes.

But Mr Lewis said "council tax collection rates had gone up".