Rev Paul Nicolson believes the Government and Haringey Council are punishing the poorest in society

The Rev Paul Nicolson is refusing to pay council tax to protest benefit changes

The Rev Paul Nicolson is refusing to pay council tax to protest benefit changes

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A vicar is refusing to pay his council tax in protest against the cap on the amount of welfare a person can receive and changes to council tax benefit.

The Rev Paul Nicolson, of Campbell Road, believes the Government and Haringey Council are charging the poorest in society when they are the least able to pay.

The 80-year-old has cancelled his £99 per month direct debit to the council and said he is seeking legal advice to make sure everything is in order if he is taken to court.

He said: “This is not the first time I have used civil disobedience to highlight a social issue – back in 1990 I refused to pay the poll tax.

“I think these changes are a colossal mistake because it hurts the very poorest.

“I’m particularly worried about vulnerable adults as many will be forced into debt because they can’t afford to pay rent.”

Rev Nicolson claims 26,000 people in the borough will be affected by these changes and many will be forced to reduce the amount spent on food, clothing, fuel and other essentials.

He said: “I’m trying to help a single mother with three children who has just had a third of her benefits cut.

“If that much was cut from your pay cheque you would certainly feel it.

“I’m not trying to alarm people but I do think for a lot of people the stress will be too much to bear.”

Rev Nicolson founded Taxpayers against Poverty last year to oppose welfare changes which affect the poor.

He said the decision to protest was a personal one which he is entirely responsible for and it was taken without the prior knowledge of the Church of England or of any groups he is associated with.

The former Buckinghamshire vicar said: “I absolutely feel like I have a responsibility to take a stand on the issue.

“I’m not at all worried about going to prison because I have done a lot of work in prisons in the past and we have a good relationship.

“But I wouldn’t advise anyone to follow my lead or do anything which may cause them to end up in prison.”

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6:01pm Wed 1 May 13

Mfi007 says...

Good on you,it will take people like you for the government to take notice
Good on you,it will take people like you for the government to take notice Mfi007
  • Score: 2

7:13pm Fri 3 May 13

ZenithB says...

Here's a man of conviction who will just stand up to an essentially Tory government and their Labour accomplice, as a sole symbol of resistance, whether others join him or not. It's men of this character that have brought about real changes in society, not career politicos who can only think in terms of money, fame and power. The Rev Paul Nicolson deserves all the support that we can give him, and not only from the downtrodden.
Here's a man of conviction who will just stand up to an essentially Tory government and their Labour accomplice, as a sole symbol of resistance, whether others join him or not. It's men of this character that have brought about real changes in society, not career politicos who can only think in terms of money, fame and power. The Rev Paul Nicolson deserves all the support that we can give him, and not only from the downtrodden. ZenithB
  • Score: 3

10:40am Sat 4 May 13

Lindathecat says...

Great sad face, rev!
Great sad face, rev! Lindathecat
  • Score: 0

10:01am Fri 24 May 13

weaveintothewin2 says...

Good for him, i'm not a Christian but I respect other religions and I respect him for making a stand.

Not to mention ((((( lots of hugs )))))

To me this is truly practicing what you preach.

I'm pretty sure this is the type of stuff Jesus did everyday, especially with the poor.

Again not a christian so i can't really comment but I do believe in loving your fellow humans unconditionally and I think in a nutshell this is what most of your main religions basically say.

This is altruistic and humanitarian behavior at it's best, Can we have him as a nominee for the Nobel Peace Prize.

Ok, maybe that's a bit far but this planet needs unconditional love on a grand scale more now than even.
Good for him, i'm not a Christian but I respect other religions and I respect him for making a stand. Not to mention ((((( lots of hugs ))))) To me this is truly practicing what you preach. I'm pretty sure this is the type of stuff Jesus did everyday, especially with the poor. Again not a christian so i can't really comment but I do believe in loving your fellow humans unconditionally and I think in a nutshell this is what most of your main religions basically say. This is altruistic and humanitarian behavior at it's best, Can we have him as a nominee for the Nobel Peace Prize. Ok, maybe that's a bit far but this planet needs unconditional love on a grand scale more now than even. weaveintothewin2
  • Score: 3

10:01am Fri 24 May 13

weaveintothewin2 says...

Good for him, i'm not a Christian but I respect other religions and I respect him for making a stand.

Not to mention ((((( lots of hugs )))))

To me this is truly practicing what you preach.

I'm pretty sure this is the type of stuff Jesus did everyday, especially with the poor.

Again not a christian so i can't really comment but I do believe in loving your fellow humans unconditionally and I think in a nutshell this is what most of your main religions basically say.

This is altruistic and humanitarian behavior at it's best, Can we have him as a nominee for the Nobel Peace Prize.

Ok, maybe that's a bit far but this planet needs unconditional love on a grand scale more now than even.
Good for him, i'm not a Christian but I respect other religions and I respect him for making a stand. Not to mention ((((( lots of hugs ))))) To me this is truly practicing what you preach. I'm pretty sure this is the type of stuff Jesus did everyday, especially with the poor. Again not a christian so i can't really comment but I do believe in loving your fellow humans unconditionally and I think in a nutshell this is what most of your main religions basically say. This is altruistic and humanitarian behavior at it's best, Can we have him as a nominee for the Nobel Peace Prize. Ok, maybe that's a bit far but this planet needs unconditional love on a grand scale more now than even. weaveintothewin2
  • Score: 2

1:37pm Fri 24 May 13

Rollo56 says...

Perhaps we should all try some civil disobedience? Under Common Law one has only committed a crime if they have hurt or injured anybody, Magna Garta 1215 Article 61. More and more we are being ruled by statutes and threatened with Common Law when we ignore statute law (contempt) GO HERE; www.thebcgroup.org.u
k for more information on Common Law and have a look at this clip the Tories are trying to ban; http://youtu.be/BSdW
aQ7qdg0
Perhaps we should all try some civil disobedience? Under Common Law one has only committed a crime if they have hurt or injured anybody, Magna Garta 1215 Article 61. More and more we are being ruled by statutes and threatened with Common Law when we ignore statute law (contempt) GO HERE; www.thebcgroup.org.u k for more information on Common Law and have a look at this clip the Tories are trying to ban; http://youtu.be/BSdW aQ7qdg0 Rollo56
  • Score: 1

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