Views sought for coun­cil tax re­duc­tion changes

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SEFTON Coun­cil is run­ning a six-week con­sul­ta­tion to gauge views on a re­vised lo­cal coun­cil tax re­duc­tion scheme for 2018/19.

Cur­rently around 27,000 house­holds in Sefton re­ceive coun­cil tax re­duc­tion.

Sefton Coun­cil pro­poses to con­tinue with the 2017/18 coun­cil tax re­duc­tion scheme for work­ing age cus­tomers – sub­ject to some tech­ni­cal changes to align it more with hous­ing ben­e­fit and universal credit rules and to make the scheme eas­ier for peo­ple to un­der­stand.

There is no change to the na­tional coun­cil tax re­duc­tion scheme for peo­ple of pen­sion­able age un­less the Gov­ern­ment does so.

As part of the con­sul­ta­tion, the coun­cil said that it wel­comed com­ments from all Sefton res­i­dents, whether claimants or not.

The clos­ing date for com­ments is Fri­day, Novem­ber 10, 2017.

Cllr Paulette Lap­pin, Sefton Coun­cil’s cabi­net mem­ber reg­u­la­tory, com­pli­ance and cor­po­rate ser­vices, said: “We want to en­sure that any­one who has an in­ter­est in this pro­posed re­vi­sion of the scheme has an op­por­tu­nity to have their say.

“Your views and the in­for­ma­tion pro­vided will be an­a­lysed and will then form part of a re­port to coun­cil in Jan­uary 2018 when we have to make a de­ci­sion on the coun­cil tax re­duc­tion scheme for 2018/19.

“This af­fects thou­sands of peo­ple in the bor­ough so please take the time to have your say.”

To re­view the pro­posed changes and take part in the on­line sur­vey, go to sefton.gov. uk/coun­cil­tax­con­sul tation

Cllr Paulette Lap­pin

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