residents to have their say on council tax changes
District Council is to ask residents in the Burnham-On-Sea area
for their views on proposals to begin a new localised scheme for
Council Tax Support.
Tax Benefit currently helps people on low incomes pay their Council
is managed by local authorities and funded 100% by national government,
however from April 2013 there will be a cut in the national funding
of about 12.4%, resulting in Sedgemoor having to make up the difference.
the district council is seeking to introduce a new local scheme.
One proposal is to limit the maximum benefit a person can receive
to 80%, a second is increasing non-dependant deductions, and a
third proposal is to limit eligible liability to 80% of a Band
C equivalent house.
spokeswoman Claire Faun told Burnham-On-Sea.com: "The proposed
new scheme has been developed to deliver fairness to those claiming
benefit and to the taxpayer, protect the most vulnerable in our
society and create the right incentives to get more people into
work by ensuring that work always pays."
give your opinions on the plans, request a paper copy from 0845
408 2540 or see www.sedgemoor.gov.uk/counciltaxbenefitreform.
The consultation runs from 9th August until 5th October.
days will also be held in Burnham on Thursday 30th August from
5pm-8pm at The Princess and on Friday 14th September from 2pm-5pm
when more information will be available.