Council tax bill for low income families

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People on low incomes could be asked to pay at least £5 per week in council tax from April 1 to plug a £45,000 budget gap.

South Holland District Council is wrestling with a cut in Government funding for schemes to help people unable to afford council tax charges and members are to decide tomorrow on changing the level of support offered to residents.

The main change would see people of working age required to pay 25 per cent towards their council tax, meaning someone living in a Band A property worth up to £40,000 would pay about £4.60 per week.

Other changes include charging council tax in full on second homes and an extra 50 per cent on homes left empty and unoccupied for two years or more.