Town Asks CBC to Rethink Over Council Tax

Houghton Regis Town Council tonight sent a message to Central Bedfordshire Council to asking them to consider alternative ways of saving money, instead of making cuts to council tax benefits.

Expectations are that Central Government may reduce its funding to the County by 14 per cent next April.

The Town Council welcome some of the proposals, like protecting pensioners from changes, and withdrawal of discounts for those on council tax benefits. But those proposals that impact on those on Income Support or Income Based Jobseekers Allowance, receiving Employment and Support Allowance or have low earnings are not supported.

Central Bedfordshire Council are considering making the shortfall up by a variety of methods, including changes made to council tax benefits.

The Houghton Regis Town Council want CBC to look for any alternative ways of recovering the reduction in funding.