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Have your say on changes to the local council tax reduction scheme

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Published: 15/08/2014

South Gloucestershire residents are invited to comment on proposed changes to the local council tax reduction scheme which will be introduced next April.

In April 2013, council tax benefit was replaced by a local council tax reduction scheme. People who are entitled to a reduction in their council tax get money off their bill, depending on their level of income. We are now consulting on making some further changes to the council tax reduction scheme that will be introduced from April 2015.

We are proposing to reduce the number of income bands that are used to calculate the level of reduction an individual receives. We are also consulting on whether young adults leaving care who are liable to pay council tax and are eligible for a reduction in their council tax should receive the maximum discount. Our consultation runs until Monday 22 September and we are encouraging people to have their say.

Older people who are eligible for state pension credit will continue to be assessed under a national scheme and will not be affected by the proposed changes. People who qualify for a disability premium will also not be affected.

You can find out further information or comment on this consultation online by visiting

Email or telephone 01454 868002.

Write to: FREEPOST RTCT-JXLE-EET, South Gloucestershire Council, Corporate Research and Consultation Team, Council Tax changes consultation, Civic Centre, High Street, Kingswood, BRISTOL, BS15 9TR.

We look forward to hearing your views.

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