Exhibition on future of council tax benefits
CRAWLEY Borough Council will be holding three exhibitions to help people understand proposed changes to the way council tax benefit is assigned.
From April 2013 the government will no longer pay local councils the full cost for support with council tax bills. Instead it will provide a lower fixed sum to help working age people who need support paying council tax.
As a result, the council expects to face a shortfall of at least £500,000 a year – possibly more – and is calling on people to help decide who should receive the benefit.
The first exhibition will be held at Crawley Job Centre Plus on Wednesday September 12 between 10am and 3pm; the second will be held at the town hall on Thursday September 13 between 10am and 3pm; and the final exhibition will be held at ASDA on Saturday September 15 between 10am and 3pm.
Council leader Cllr Bob Lanzer (Con Pound Hill South & Worth) said: “This is a very complicated issue and we’re keen to get it right but we can’t do that without the help of local people. Recent consultation with Crawley residents regarding wider budget topics showed support for the council to run a new scheme within the smaller budget provided by government.
“We want to make sure this is the general view by asking everyone to have their say. Our ultimate goal is to be as fair as possible, making sure we’re supporting the most vulnerable people in our community and also encouraging people who can work to get back into employment.”
Some people – including pensioners and parents of children under five receiving Income Support –will not be affected by the changes. If you are unable to attend, you can leave your opinion at www.crawley.gov.uk/counciltaxbenefit by September 28.
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