Have say over tax change

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Have your say

CITY bosses are urging residents to have their say on proposals to change council tax benefits in Sheffield.

There are just a few days left for members of the public to take part in a consultation on a plan for a new scheme to be introduced in light of government cuts.

The provision of council tax benefit is being transferred to local authorities – but the coalition is making a 10 per cent cut to the budget received by them.

Sheffield Council says it leaves the authority with a £4.6 million funding shortfall, meaning it will be forced to reduce benefits or make further cuts to public services.

Legislation protects pensioners, so for all other recipients a 20 per cent reduction results.

Under proposals, the council will spread the reduction among those who are of working age and receive council tax benefits. On current levels that means a family living in a Band A property faces an additional £3.76 per week.

Coun Bryan Lodge, Sheffield Council’s cabinet member for finance and resources, said: “We want as many people as possible to send in their comments about the proposals.

The deadline is Monday. Log on to www.sheffield.gov.uk and visit the Council Tax page.

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