Speak out on tax cuts

NEWS: The Gainsborough Standard
NEWS: The Gainsborough Standard

YOU are invited to have your say on changes to Council Tax in the wake of Government cuts.

West Lindsey Distict Council says that protecting vulnerable residents is the priority in proposals to manage the impact of Government cuts to Council Tax benefits across Britain by 10 per cent.

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 £1 million.

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

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.

The consultation questionnaire can be found at http://survey.west-lindsey.gov.uk/snap/council_tax.htm and is also available to complete on paper by requesting a copy at the Guildhall or by calling 01427 676676.

More information can be found at www.west-lindsey.gov.uk/residents/council-tax-and-council-bills/council-tax-benefit-is-changing.

Residents can also see the FAQ at www.west-lindsey.gov.uk/residents/council-tax-and-council-bills/council-tax-benefit-is-changing/frequently-asked-questions/113683.article