Time running out to have your say on Council Tax Support Scheme

Gainsborough news
Gainsborough news

TIME is running out for you to have your say on the proposed Local Council Tax Support Scheme.

The eight-week consultation period will end on 12th December.

The Government has specified pensioners must be protected, and now West Lindsey District Council (WLDC) has extended this to ensure disabled residents, carers and those receiving war pensions will also have their Council Tax benefits protected.

WLDC says that a local scheme must be approved by the council by 31st January 2013, in order to avoid a funding gap in Council Tax benefit of more than £1million. This total is split between West Lindsey District Council, Lincolnshire County Council and Lincolnshire Police Authority.

West Lindsey currently pays the benefit to 8,154 claimants - but under the new scheme the Government has provided full protection for all pensioners so the changes will only affect 4,189 working aged claimants.

A WLDC spokesman said: “The proposed changes include increasing non-dependent deductions and restricting the amount of benefit paid to Band C properties. This would mean that claimants living in a Band D property or higher would have their benefit assessed as though they were living in a Band C property.”

Council leader Burt Keimach said: “Your opinion is important to us and we would urge everyone to complete a questionnaire as the final decision will affect everyone in the district.”

The consultation questionnaire can be found online at www.west-lindsey.gov.uk and is also available to complete on paper by requesting a copy at the Guildhall or by calling 01427 676676.