Selby Council Offers Advice on Benefits
7:55am 26th February 2013
(Updated 8:13am 26th February 2013)
Ahead of significant changes to Housing Benefit and Council Tax Benefit, Selby District Council is running a series of drop-in sessions to help people find out more.
The sessions will be run by Access Selby's Community Officers, and will be a chance for people to ask about how changes to be introduced from April this year could affect them.
Changes to Housing Benefit will mean that those of working age who are deemed to have spare bedroom space will face a cut in the amount of support they receive, say Selby District Council. The total amount depends on whether you have one or more spare rooms in your home, they add.
Meanwhile, Council Tax Benefit is moving to a new system called Council Tax Support, with everyone of working age now liable to pay a contribution, say Selby District Council. They add that pensioners are protected in both cases and will see no change to their entitlement.
The drop-in support sessions are open to anyone who thinks they may be affected, or who wants to find out more. Three sessions are currently planned, say Selby District Council.
- Tuesday 26 February, 1-3pm: Manor Farm Youth Centre, Tadcaster
- Wednesday 27 February, 10am-12pm: Brotherton Childrens' Centre
- Thursday 28 February 2013, 10am-12pm: Sherburn in Elmet Library
Leader of the Council, Cllr Mark Crane, said, "We're contacting directly everyone affected by these changes, but we want to ensure you've as many opportunities as possible to get all the information you need about these important changes.
"This is part of a national reform to welfare, designed to support a better use of available council and other social housing, to save money nationally and to give greater powers to local councils to deliver Council Tax Support to meet the needs of each area. As part of this we've had to take some tough decisions about how this support is delivered, but we believe we've been as fair and just as possible."
Information about all these changes is now also available online: www.selby.gov.uk. This also includes details of changes to Council Tax exemption for some properties in the Selby district, with several key changes to eligibility and levels of discount, say Selby District Council.
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