Time running out for council tax poll

South Holland District Council news.
South Holland District Council news.

South Holland District Council is reminding people that the deadline for its survey on proposed changes to its council tax support scheme is looming.

Plans to alter the scheme, which applies to just over 3,500 people in South Holland, will be introduced in April 2017.

We also aim to develop safer, stronger, healthier and more independent communities, whilst protecting the most vulnerable

Coun Peter Coupland, portfolio holder for finance, South Holland District Council

Of those eligible for reductions in their council tax bills, the vast majority are likely to see a reduction in support of less than 77p per week.

Council tax support for pensioners will remain unaffected, with some provision for the disabled, parents with children and those with caring responsibilities.

Some of the proposals include working age residents on low incomes getting up to 70 per cent, rather than 75 per cent relief and a reduction in the amount of savings and capital residents can have and still be eligible for relief.

Other changes under consideration are an end to support for claimants who earn above the threshold but have low income adults living with them and a fall in the rate of support for those who have non-dependent adults in the household.

Coun Peter Coupland, South Holland District Council’s portfolio holder for finance, said: “In recent years the council has experienced major financial changes due to reductions in funding from central government, volatility on financing and cost/income pressures on services.

“However, we also aim to develop safer, stronger, healthier and more independent communities, whilst protecting the most vulnerable.

“We value your opinions and they will help us make an informed decision, so if you are affected by these changes, please have your say.”

A final decision is due on January 18 and to complete the survey, visit https://www.surveymonkey.co.uk/r/KS92CYR

Paper copies will be available from South Holland District Council’s offices in Priory Road, Spalding.