Inside the Council: Council Tax Reduction plan

An important decision needs to be made in November regarding what used to be known as Council Tax Benefit.

The Government gave Councils the freedom to create their own Council Tax Reduction schemes for working age customers from April 2013, with reduced funding of almost 10 per cent. Pensioners are unaffected by these changes.

Calderdale Council members made a decision to fund the shortfall in 2013/14 and provide the same level of help as the previous Council Tax Benefit scheme.

This was to allow customers the chance to adjust to other benefit changes which were being introduced as a result of the Welfare Reform Act.

The Council now need to decide who will receive financial help to pay their Council Tax from 2014/5, and how much they will receive.

For Council and Councillors to represent your views as effectively as possible, we need to hear them. If you’d like your views to be considered then please take part in the consultation running until September 29.

For more information or to complete the consultation questionnaire, please visit the Council website or call Customer First on 0845 245 8000.

You can also attend the consultation meetings – the nearest of which for us is on Thursday September 12 at the Civic Hall, Brighouse, 6pm arrival for 6.30pm start.