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Tax benefit changes to be explained at roadshows
ROADSHOWS for Chiltern residents giving more information about changes to the Council Tax Benefit scheme begin this week.
The new Council Tax Reduction scheme is set to be introduced in the district from April next year, replacing the previous government-led system.
The proposed changes, which are currently subject to a public consultation, mean all working age claimants are likely to have to pay more towards their council tax from April 2014.
The amount of money the government gives councils to fund a local scheme is now at least 10 per cent less than the grant that was given for the now abolished Council Tax Benefit. Chiltern District Council has at least £435,000 less to help low income households with their council tax.
The current scheme for pensioners will not be changed so changes to the scheme will only apply to working age people.
The council's proposed scheme means most working age claimants will be asked to pay 20 per cent more towards their council tax than they do now. Customers in receipt of disability benefits or carers allowance, and lone parents with a child under five, will be expected to pay 10 per cent more.
Open days discussing the proposed changes will be held from 9.30am-3.30pm at Chesham Town Hall on Wednesday, September 11, and at the Chiltern District Council offices in Amersham on Friday, September 20.
Residents are invited to attend at any time but there will be presentations giving more information on the proposed changes at 10am and 2pm.
To find out more and have your say on the changes go to www.chiltern.gov.uk/ctrchanges. The consultation runs until Thursday, October 31.
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