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What is Council Tax Support?
From 1 April 2013, the government is abolishing the current national council tax benefit scheme and replacing it with new local council tax support schemes, designed and administered by individual councils.
At the same time the Government is reducing the amount of money available for this – Walsall is likely to receive £3.3 million less in funding from next April.
Like all other local councils, we now need to decide whether to reduce the level of support we offer residents to pay their Council Tax or find money from within our budget to cover the shortfall.
We would like to hear your views on these changes and would ask you to send your comments to us at the address below by 11 November 2012.
Important points to remember
- Pensioners will be protected from any cuts in benefit. If savings are to be made by reducing the amounts of benefit awarded, all the reductions in benefit would have to be met by working age households.
- Government legislation will not be passed until late 2012, and the scheme must be implemented in April 2013.
What is Walsall Council’s preferred option?
Walsall Council’s preferred option for 2013/14 is to continue to support vulnerable people. This will mean calculating benefits in the same way under the new local scheme as it was under the old national scheme.
We would like to hear your views on these proposed changes
You can send us your comments by completing the online form below.
You can also email your comments to email@example.com or
You can also have your say by texting ‘walsall ctsupport’ followed by your message to 60003. Alternatively you can write to us at the address below.
- You can send us your comments by completing the online form here
The closing date for comments is 11 November 2012.
Walsall Civic Centre,
Walsall WS1 1XU
Text ‘Walsall ctsupport’ followed by your message to 60003