York Council Tax Consultation Ends Today
11:16am 2nd November 2012
York City Council is urging residents to have their say on proposed national changes to Council Tax Benefits, so their views can be considered in developing a local scheme. Today is the last chance residents will have to take part in the consultation process.
From April 2013 the council say that the Government is planning to abolish the Council Tax Benefit (CTB) Scheme and has asked councils across the country to develop their own Council Tax Support (CTS) schemes to replace it.
The biggest change to residents is that the government will no longer fund all claims in full and they will instead provide local authorities with a fixed sum of money to support residents, regardless of the scheme they have designed.
However, York City Council say protection will be given to pensioners who are already customers and any new qualifying pensioners applying for support, with the government keeping in place the current national rules.
The City of York Council says the overall amount of government CTS funding will be approximately £1.3 million less in 2013/14. With protection for pensioners, this means a cut to benefits for working age claimants of approximately 30 percent.
The Council add that the grant provided by the government won't rise on an annual basis meaning that further cuts in Council Tax Support are expected to be required in coming years.
The Council says it wants to consult with all stakeholders especially customers of Council Tax Benefit over a statutory twelve-week period which ends today.
The City of York Council questionnaire can be filled in online at www.york.gov.uk/consultation
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