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Still Time to Have Your Say on Council Tax Support Changes

Published Monday, 12 September 2016

Residents in Ribble Valley still have time to have their say on proposed changes to the council tax support scheme.

Ribble Valley Borough Council is proposing to modify the scheme in line with Government changes to housing benefit and would like to hear residents’ views, or alternative ideas on how the scheme might be changed.

The Government announced a number of welfare changes in its 2015 summer budget, including significant changes to housing benefit. These include the removal of family premium, limiting the time claimants can be abroad, limiting backdated payments and restricting the number of children included in support calculations.

Ribble Valley Borough Council is proposing to align its council tax support scheme with the Government’s housing benefit changes. 

This will facilitate an efficient, streamlined scheme and mean the council will not have to find savings from other services to fund additional administration costs.

Ribble Valley Borough Council’s head of revenues and benefits, Mark Edmondson, said: “The views of local residents are important to us and I would encourage them to take part in this important consultation.”

The consultation runs until September 30 and further details are available at ribblevalley.gov.uk.

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