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Views sought on proposed cuts to Council Tax Support

Residents are being asked for their views on a proposed change to Fenland District Council's Council Tax Support (CTS) scheme that could come into force from next April.

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Those who are eligible for the support currently have to pay at least 14 per cent of the normal Council Tax. If implemented, the proposal would mean they would have to pay at least 20 per cent.

Pensioners would not be affected by the change because they are protected by Government rules. They will continue to qualify for CTS that covers up to their whole Council Tax bill where their income, savings and household make-up allow this.

The proposal forms part of the council's comprehensive spending review that is being carried out because of the big reductions in central government funding.

The consultation will remain open until October 21. People can give their views online at  Paper survey forms are also available at the council's four Fenland @ your service shops and community hubs.

In addition, the council has written to the 4,000 working age customers who currently receive CTS, enclosing a paper survey form. It is also writing to 500 other residents at random to get their views.

Final decisions will be taken at the Cabinet and full council meetings on December 15.

Councillor Chris Seaton, the Cabinet member responsible for finance, said: "We want to continue to give as much support as we can to those people who are in most need. However, as everyone is well aware, the continuing reductions in central government funding mean that every council is having to look very carefully at all its finances.

"We want to hear directly from anyone who thinks they could be affected by this proposal. The results of the consultation and the potential impact on those affected will be closely examined by our overview and scrutiny committee before final decisions are made in December."

Article added August 2, 2016