Consultation underway on Council Tax Support Scheme

Consultation is underway today (September 24) on proposals to reduce the level of council tax support to some claimants.

The council has a significant budget gap over the next three years, of around £36m, and needs to explore all possible options to help it find savings to meet that target.

Currently, of the 15,425 working age claimants in Northumberland, 12,010 receive 100% support and currently have no bill to pay. If proposals are agreed they would affect all working age claimants. Pensioners will be unaffected by any changes.

Almost every other local authority in the region has reduced its Council Tax Support in recent years at varying levels and if approved, Northumberland’s would be one the of smallest reductions in the North East. It would also be one of the smallest Council Tax reductions in the whole country.

The consultation runs until November 2. The online survey can be accessed by going to http://bit.ly/CTaxsupport18

Copies can also be obtained from the council’s customer information centres from Friday, September 28. Drop-in sessions are also planned around the county during the consultation period.
 
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