Views needed on council tax scheme

Paul Przyszlak.

Paul Przyszlak.

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People are being asked how South Holland District Council should support residents who need help paying their Council Tax bill from April 1 next year.

And everyone is urged to give their view on what the Council Tax Support scheme should look like in the next financial year because any changes the council makes could affect all residents, not just those getting help with their bill.

The support scheme needs to change because the government has reduced its funding, resulting in the district council having less money to help those who need it.

As with the current financial year, any change in support will only affect working age people.

The proposal by the district council for the council tax support scheme which is being consulted upon suggests:

l pensioners are not affected by the new scheme

l war pensioners and war widowers are protected from the changes

l all working age people have to pay at least 25 per cent of their council tax liability

Coun Paul Przyszlak (pictured), deputy leader of the district council and portfolio holder for Strategic Finance, said: “This is an important change and affects many people so it’s important we have as many views as possible.

“We need to formulate a scheme which will balance the books whilst still helping those who need council tax benefit.

People can complete a consultation questionnaire online at www.sholland.gov.uk or by post. To request a form phone 01775 761161, email info@sholland.gov.uk or write to South Holland District Council, Priory Road, Spalding, Lincolnshire, PE11 2XE.

The consultation period ends at 5pm on Friday, November 29.