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Residents to be consulted on new Council Tax Benefit Scheme

Published Thursday, 12 July 2012

Consultation on Council Tax to begin in July

Residents will have their say on how Council Tax Benefit in Enfield is distributed after the government told Enfield Council it would be cutting £5 million from the amount the council would get to fund the scheme.

The reduction comes hot on the heels of unprecedented government spending cuts which caused Enfield Council to find £69 million of savings by 2014/15. Enfield Council expects the borough to be one of the three worst affected in London as a result of the Council Tax Benefit cut.

Enfield Council's Leader, Cllr Doug Taylor, said: " The Government's Council Tax Benefit Reforms mean Enfield Residents face a new £5 million annual funding shortfall..In essence the Government is further squeezing residents

"Once again Enfield is one of the London boroughs hit hardest by government spending cuts.

"Enfield Council wants to make sure that residents have the chance to get involved in deciding how this funding gap is bridged as fairly as possible so I'd urge as many people as possible to take part in the consultation.

 "It might seem like a dry and boring subject, but it has tremendous implications for everyone who pays council tax or receives a discount so it's really important they take part and help shape our future council tax benefit scheme."

The consultation is scheduled to start in July and last for 12 weeks. Residents will have the opportunity to have their say on the following proposals.

1) Abolish the second adult rate rebate - currently given to householders where a non - dependent is on income support.

2) Increase the maximum for non-dependent deduction - where an over 18 in household is working and earning they are expected to contribute to paying council tax - this would increase their expected contribution from £9.90 to £20.50 per week.

Residents will also be asked to comment on the following proposals:

 1. Reduce each working age claim by £300

2. Reduce each working age claim by 30%

3. Reduce each working age claim in a way which gives an incentive to those qualifying for Working Tax Credit. Reduce each working age claim by 17.5% if on Working Tax Credit and reduce by 35% other working age claims.

4. Restrict by band with band D claims reduced by 50% and reduce entitlement for bands E to H to nil.

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