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Council tax benefits in Tendring could be cut even further
9:00am Sunday 25th August 2013 in News
A COUNCIL tax benefit scheme in Tendring could be slashed even more if the Government makes further cuts, it is claimed.
Tendring Council said it is “highly likely” that the Government will make further cuts to the local government settlement grant for next year.
The authority was forced to set up its own council tax benefit scheme to take over from the national scheme in April.
But in the face of further cuts as part of the Government’s austerity measures the council revealed alterations may be needed to reduce the overall cost of the scheme.
Paul Honeywood, Tendring Council’s cabinet member for housing, benefits and revenues, said: “This year we were faced with an unenviable position of having to devise a new scheme with all precepting authorities having to find their own share of a £2million cut to our grant from Government.
“This was achieved by reducing the amount given out in support in 2013/14 by some £1.5million, with the rest coming from exemptions and the council’s own funds.
“Should we find ourselves in another shortfall position we want to know what you think about how to deal with that?”
Residents are now being asked for their opinion on the scheme as part of a new consultation, which runs until October 6.
To have your say go to www.tendringdc.gov.uk/benefitctaxchange.