North Somerset’s council tax benefit system to continue next year

PUBLISHED: 17:00 10 January 2017

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A North Somerset Council scheme which offers support with paying council tax bills looks set to be continued during the next financial year.

The scheme was introduced in April 2013, after the Government’s previous national council tax benefit scheme was scrapped and local authorities were forced to come up with their own means of support.

North Somerset’s system provides a reduction in council tax for people who are on a low income, but the scheme aimed at working-age taxpayers means they must pay at least 24.5 per cent of their total bill. There is also a separate discount scheme available for pensioners.

The authority says it expects its funding from the Government for the scheme to be cut by £100,000 in the 2017-18 financial year. However, this will still leave a budget of £10.1million and the council says it will be able to provide enough support for people who need a council tax discount, despite the reduced funding.

There are more than 6,000 working-age people eligible for help across the district.

The decision to continue the scheme is set to be approved by the council on Tuesday.

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