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Bexley Council seeks opinions on changes to Council Tax Benefit
VIEWS are being sought for the planned replacement to Council Tax Benefit, which will be axed by the Government on April 1.
It will be replaced by a council scheme for working aged people called Council Tax Support.
In Bexley, the council is proposing a system where claimants pay a fixed percentage of their council tax and get support for the rest. The amount could be phased in to make it easier to pay.
The period for which the benefit could be backdated would be reduced from six months to one, although the council is considering setting up a hardship fund for those with exceptional circumstances or needs.
Pensioners would be protected.
A public consultation period runs until September 28. Surveys will be sent to a selection of those already receiving Council Tax Benefit and some council taxpayers, while council officers plan to meet local organisations.
Go to Bexley.gov.uk/counciltaxsupport, libraries or council offices for information and to fill in the survey.