Bexley Council send benefit changes letters

PUBLISHED: 15:19 13 February 2013 | UPDATED: 15:19 13 February 2013

The biggest change to the benefit changes in years has seen Bexley Council send more than 11,000 letters to residents affected.

Three key areas will change in the biggest shake-up to the system in more than 60 years: council tax; under occupation and the benefit cap.

From April government-run council tax benefit will be replaced by a locally administered council tax reduction scheme, meaning working age claimants will eventually pay at least 15 per cent of their council tax.

The council has sent 10,212 letters to those affected by council tax changes and 1,200 letters to claimants affected by the new under occupancy rule.

All 418 residents in the borough likely to be hit by benefit cap changes have also been notified.

Bexley council deputy leader Cllr Colin Campbell, said; “These changes have been designed to create a fairer system for all.”

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