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Gravesham council to decide on Council Tax support changes

PUBLISHED: 10:50 04 December 2012

Gravesham councillors will decide on a raft of changes to council tax support tonight following a reduction in funding from the Government.

As of next year, local authorities will be in charge of delivering and determining Council Tax support, rather than it being paid directly by Central Government, and funding will be cut by 10 per cent.

The Government specifically protected pensioners from the changes, meaning only working-age claimants will be affected.

More than 2,000 people responded to a public consultation launched by Gravesham Borough Council in August, of which more than half agreed that those of working-age in receipt of Council Tax Benefit should have their benefit reduced by 18.5 per cent.

If agreed tonight, those who currently receive Council Tax Benefit will see a reduction of 8.5 per cent in support in 2013/14, thanks to a transitional grant from Central Government, which will then increase to 18.5 per cent for the following year and thereafter.

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