Council Tax Support consultation ends on November 2
October 25, 2018
Residents have just over a week left to have their say on proposals to reduce the level of council tax support to some claimants.
Northumberland County Council has a significant budget gap over the next three years, of around £36m, and needs to explore all possible options to help it find savings to meet that target.
Currently, of the 15,425 working age claimants in Northumberland, 12,010 receive 100% council tax support and currently have no bill to pay. If proposals are agreed they would affect all working age claimants. Pensioners will be unaffected by any changes.
Almost every other local authority in the region has reduced its Council Tax Support in recent years at varying levels and if approved, Northumberland’s would be one the of smallest reductions in the North East. It would also be one of the smallest Council Tax reductions in the whole country.
The consultation, which started in September, runs until November 2. The online survey and more information can be accessed by going to http://bit.ly/CTaxsupport18
Copies of the consultation can also be obtained from the county council’s customer information centres including one at Concordia Leisure Centre, Forum Way, Cramlington, Northumberland, NE23 6YB