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Changes to council tax benefit – Herefordshire residents urged to have say

Herefordshire citizens are being urged to have their say on how council tax support should be provided from April 2013.

Currently central government fully funds a national council tax benefit scheme, which supports residents on low incomes who need help to pay their council tax.

But that funding will be cut by 10 per cent from next April, which means Herefordshire Council will face an estimated £1.3million shortfall in meeting demands to pay benefits to residents in 2013-14.

The council is seeking views from residents on the best way to achieve an affordable scheme that will continue to support the most vulnerable members of the community, but will also provide value-for-money and protect other services for all residents.

Councillor Phillip Price, cabinet member for corporate services said: "The cuts to funding mean we have some tough decisions ahead, so we are urging residents to have their say and take part in the consultation.

"It's vital to work out what is best for Herefordshire, and to minimise the impact of these changes on our most vulnerable residents."

These changes are part of the broader overhaul of the benefits system that the Government is carrying out.

The public consultation runs from August 30 2012 until October 26 2012, and can be found along with full details in the council tax section.

For more information, visit the web page above, email benexsupport@herefordshire.gov.uk or call 01432 260443 or 01432 383254.

These changes are part of the broader overhaul of the benefits system that the Government is carrying out.