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Council opens public consultation on tax reduction scheme

PUBLISHED: 09:29 01 August 2018 | UPDATED: 09:29 01 August 2018

Paper forms can be posted to Erith Town Hall, Walnut Tree Road, Erith. Picture: Google

Paper forms can be posted to Erith Town Hall, Walnut Tree Road, Erith. Picture: Google

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Bexley Council opened a public consultation on July 30 on its council tax reduction scheme, which provides support with council tax payments to residents of working age who are on low incomes.

The council is keen to hear the views of residents, local voluntary and welfare organisations, landlords and other interested parties, regardless of whether they receive benefits.

The proposals will affect all those of working age who currently claim help from the scheme, and anyone of working age who pays council tax now and might wish to claim support in the future should their circumstances change.

If residents disagree with a proposed change, there will be an opportunity for them to suggest how it should be altered, or to offer other comments.

All local authorities are required to establish their own council tax support scheme for residents who meet the criteria of needing it.

National regulations mean the council has to protect the council tax reduction levels for those of state retirement age, so they receive no less financial support than they would have under the former council tax benefit rules.

Details of the current scheme can be found at council tax reduction scheme, and the dealine for responses in September 23.

For residents who don’t have internet access at home to view the current scheme, public computers are available for use at the Civic Offices and in libraries.

Paper copies of the consultation are available at all the borough’s libraries.

Views can be given online and residents can scan and email their completed forms to consultation@bexley.gov.uk or post completed paper forms 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 March 11 2019, and details will be made available on the council’s website.

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