East Lindsey residents invited to share views of Council Tax Benefit changes
PEOPLE living in East Lindsey are being asked for their views on proposed changes to Council Tax Benefit.
East Lindsey District Council needs to make changes to the current Council Tax Benefit system by 2013 as a result of the Government’s Welfare Reform Bill.
Under current arrangements, the Government meets the annual cost of the region’s £12.1-million Council Tax Benefit expenditure, but from 2013/14 this funding will reduce by around 10 per cent.
Currently, around 16,000 people in East Lindsey receive Council Tax Benefit – around 9,000 are pensioners and Council Tax Support will be protected for these individuals.
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Valid until: Sunday, May 26 2013
Proposals ELDC is seeking views on include:
Local Tax Support would continue to be means tested, but 75 per cent of the entitlement would be applied to the council tax account, except in the case of pensioners and war pensioners.
Owners of homes which are vacant but have major repair works or structural works underway will receive a 25 per cent discount for up to 12 months.
Owners of homes that are vacant for six months or more will pay 100 per cent Council Tax on the empty home.
Owners of homes that are left empty or unoccupied for more than two years will be required to pay 150 per cent Council Tax.
To complete the consultation, visit www.e-lindsey.gov.uk/consultation by November 19.