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Bexley council launch public consultation on changes to Council Tax Reduction Scheme

PUBLISHED: 13:07 12 June 2017 | UPDATED: 13:08 12 June 2017

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It’s proposed that pensionable age residents should be able to claim 100 per cent reduction

Bexley council has launched a consultation on its Council Tax Reduction Scheme, today, June 12.

The scheme provides support with Council Tax payments for residents of working age who are on low incomes, and the council have stated they hope to hear from residents, local voluntary and welfare organisations, and landlords, regardless of whether they pay benefits.

The proposals will affect those who currently claim help from the scheme, and anyone who pays Council Tax now and might wish to claim support in the future should their circumstances change.

At the moment, Bexley residents can receive support of up to 80 per cent of their Council Tax bill in 2017/18, but the government has decided that pensionable age claimants can claim up to 100 per cent of their bill.

The scheme is means tested, meaning a standard weekly income amount is allowed, depending on the number of people in the household and relevant personal circumstances such as disability or dependent children. Any income also reduces the entitlement, though some types of income are disregarded such as child benefit.

Residents who disagree with the proposed change are being encouraged to suggest how it should be altered.

The deadline for responses is August 7.

Details of the current scheme can be found, here.

Paper copies of the consultation are available at all Bexley libraries.

You can give your views online, here or scan and email your completed form to consultation@bexley.gov.uk, or post a completed paper form to Erith Town Hall, Walnut Tree Road, Erith, Kent, DA8 1TL

The final decision on the scheme will be made by the council no later than January 31.

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