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Help Available for Selby People Affected by Benefit Changes


12:18pm 4th March 2013

Ahead of significant changes to Council Tax exemptions and other benefits, Selby District Council has posted detailed information online to help people find out more.

Residents can find out how the welfare reform changes will affect them by clicking here: www.selby.gov.uk/welfare_reform.

This website contains information on the major national welfare reforms to Housing Benefit, Council Tax Benefit and the level of Council Tax liability. As well as providing this information online and hosting a series of drop-in sessions in the district, the Council is also proactively contacting those affected and Community Officers will visit in person those who may need extra support at this time.

Council Tax Benefit is moving to a new system called Council Tax Support, with everyone of working age now liable to pay a contribution. The online information includes details of changes to Council Tax exemption for some properties in the Selby district, with several key changes to eligibility and the levels of discount available.

Changes to Housing Benefit will mean that Council and Housing association tenants of working age who are deemed to have spare bedroom space will face a cut in the amount of support they receive. The total amount depends on whether you have one or more spare rooms in your home.

Pensioners are protected in both cases and will see no change to their entitlement as a result of these changes.

Leader of the Council, Cllr Mark Crane, said, "We're putting in place a number of measures to ensure that everyone who will be directly affected will be aware of the changes that are coming and able to find out how they will be affected.

"Not only is this support and information available online but it is supported by direct, face to face help and advice. We want everyone affected to be able to access the information available before these changes come into effect.

"These changes are part of a national reform to the welfare system, designed to support a better use of available social housing, to save money nationally and also to give greater powers to individual councils to deliver Council Tax Support to meet the needs of each area.

"This has meant difficult decisions about how and where this support is delivered, but we've worked hard to be as fair and just as possible."


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