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Time running out to respond to council tax consultation
11:20am Thursday 5th September 2013 in News
DROITWICH residents are being urged to take part in an important public consultation on proposed possible changes to council tax support.
The Government has cut the funding it provides to councils for the running of their support schemes - which provide financial help for people to pay their council tax bill - by at least 10 per cent.
Councils are currently considering making changes to their schemes to bridge the funding gap.
Wychavon District Council has published a range of proposed changes to the scheme for the 2014/15 financial year.
Now Spa residents are urged to give their views on whether the council should introduce any of them, or leave the system as it is.
Responses need to be in quickly, as the consultation closes on September 19.
Among the proposals suggested are taking into account child benefit, child maintenance and other maintenance payments when calculating if someone qualifies for support, limiting the amount of support for people who live in higher value properties, and introducing a new rule that everyone pays at least a small amount of council tax – so no one’s bill is reduced to zero.
Any changes that are made will only apply to working age adults, while pensioners will not be affected.
Residents can give their views and view the full list of proposed changes at wychavon.gov.uk/cts.
Printed copies of the consultation are available on request from Wychavon Community Contact Centres or by calling 01386 565333.
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