SKDC consults on council tax support proposals for residents in Grantham and the wider district

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HELP in paying council tax could be reduced under new proposals being consulted upon for eights weeks from Monday.

The elderly and vulnerable are expected to be protected from the changes, while claimants who are working age are “likely to see the amount of council tax support they get go down”.

South Kesteven District Council will ask people for their views at drop-in sessions. It comes as the national council tax benefit is abolished in April and replaced with a scheme for each council area called council tax support.

While the Government covers the cost, funding is expected to drop by at least 10 per cent.

Councillor Mike Taylor, SKDC cabinet member for strategic resources, said: “This reduction in funding means that we have to make some difficult decisions about who will get help with paying their council tax and how much they will get.

“The scheme we are proposing protects our most vulnerable residents including the disabled and elderly, but most people of working age who currently claim council tax benefit will be affected by these changes and are likely to see the amount of council tax support they get go down.”

Most of the money raised through council tax is passed over to Lincolnshire County Council and the Lincolnshire Police Authority who will also be consulted about SKDC’s proposed new scheme.

Coun Taylor added: “We have developed proposals for a scheme which we feel supports those residents who most need it whilst also being affordable. But nothing is set in stone which is why we want residents to tell us if we have got it about right.”

Drop-in sessions will be held at the following locations between 4pm and 7.30pm:

St James Hall in Long Bennington on September 18

The Cree Centre in Aire Road, Grantham, on October 10

The Newton Room in the Guildhall Arts Centre, St Peter’s Hill, Grantham on October 17

Harrowby Lane Methodist Church Hall in Harrowby Lane, Grantham on October 24

Questionnaires will also be sent out to families currently affected by the changes. The questionnaire is also available online at www.southkesteven.gov.uk/counciltaxsupportscheme

For furether information, call the helpline on 01476 406227.