Camden council tax consultation extended

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By JulieGK | Monday, October 29, 2012, 19:34

More than sixteen thousand low income households in Camden could face rises in their council tax from 1 April 2013 due to changes in the Council Tax Benefit system by Central Government.

From April 2013 Government is abolishing Council Tax Benefit in its current form.

From next year councils are being asked to run their own Council Tax Reduction Schemes and set their own rules about who can receive the benefit.

In August Camden council started a public consultation asking for your views on its preferred option for how we should set this up.

At the time Government had announced that it was reducing by 10% the amount of money councils had to run the scheme. In Camden that's a £2.7m reduction.

Government has recently announced that it will provide additional funding for Council Tax Reduction schemes. This funding would be for councils that do not increase the amount anyone on benefit will have to pay by more than 8.5% of their Council Tax liability. More information about this funding can be found here.

As a result of this announcement, Camden Council is reviewing its current preferred option. The result of this review will be published on November 7, 2012 and to allow time for responses, the consultation period has been extended until November 23, 2012.



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