Wednesday, 22 August 2012

Council Tax Benefit is Changing, Have your Say.



From April 2013 Council tax benefit is to be replaced by a localised council tax support scheme.  

In Central Bedfordshire the expected funding will be reduced by approximately 14%, meaning that CBC will have £2.5 million less money to fund the support they give to Council Tax payers, next year than they have now. 

Central Bedfordshire Council are now consulting on their proposals to meet this shortfall. 

This document  is published by Central Bedfordshire Council explaining their proposals. This document answers some questions they think might be frequently asked.


The document says that under the proposed changes some people who claim Council Tax Benefit will be expected to pay more towards their Council Tax, or will have to pay something even if they never had to pay before. 

Some groups, including pensioners on low incomes who account for around half of the 17,000 residents receiving Council Tax Benefit, will be protected from any change. If you currently get a 25% discount for being the only adult in the home, your discount will be unaffected. To find out how you might be affected, download the document.

The consultation will be open until 14th November 2012. 

For more information, and a response form, go to http://www.centralbedfordshire.gov.uk/consultations or to the library.