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How should Redditch Council face its £46k council tax shortfall?
2:00pm Tuesday 27th August 2013 in News
REDDITCH residents are urged to have their say on possible changes as to how much help towards paying the council tax residents of working age will be able to receive.
The move follows a reduction in funding from the Government that helps pay for this support. This means the Worcestershire organisations which provide services funded by the council tax, face a £325,000 shortfall.
As well as Redditch Council, these cuts will impact on organisations including the police, fire service and county council.
For Redditch Council, which receives only 14 per cent of council tax collected, this means a shortfall of £46,000.
So the council can offset this shortfall, proposals have been put forward which will reduce the level of support to people of working age. Support to people of pension age will be protected.
The proposed reductions include a £5 minimum council tax support level; a £10 minimum council tax support level, a 10 per cent reduction in council tax support, a 20 per cent reduction in council tax support; limiting council tax support to Band D level and withdrawing any council tax exemptions on developing properties (excluding new developments).
Councillor John Fisher, the councillor responsible for corporate management, said: “Harsh and drastic decisions are being forced on local authorities by the Government, again hitting ordinary people, whilst at the same time cutting taxes for the wealthiest.
“When times are tough, fairness is even more important, so Redditch Council will continue to protect vulnerable residents as well as attempting to ease the blow to working age residents. We want to hear your views on how we should approach these difficult changes.
“I would urge everyone to get involved in the consultation because Council Tax is something which affects us all.” The consultation will run until October 4.
An online version of the survey and a downloadable document will be available at www.redditchbc.gov.uk or by visiting our customer service centre at the town hall.
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