Fareham Borough Council is asking people to take part in a consultation by Friday 30 November, and help shape a new Council Tax Support scheme, which the Government has announced will replace Council Tax Benefit from April 2013. The Council is also seeking views on options for changing the amount of council tax due from owners of second homes and empty properties in the borough.
Executive Leader of Fareham Borough Council, Councillor Seán Woodward, said: "In Fareham last year, £4.3 million was spent on Council Tax Benefit. From April 2013, the amount of money the Council will receive to support residents who are unable to pay Council Tax will be reduced by about 10 per cent. This means the Council has to make some tough decisions. If the Council does not make these proposed changes it may mean that there is less money to spend on providing services to people living in the Borough."
Council Officers will be able to answer questions about the proposed new scheme at the following Community Action Team (CAT) meetings:
We would like to know what people think of the proposed new Council Tax Support scheme. You can look at and comment on the proposed scheme at www.fareham.gov.uk/consultation. Paper copies and different formats of the consultation materials are available by phoning 01329 236100 or visiting the Civic Offices.
For Further Information Contact:
Roy Brown, Customer Engagement Manager, tel: 01329 824409
fax: 01329 824505, e-mail: firstname.lastname@example.org
This and previous media releases can be viewed on the Council’s website: www.fareham.gov.uk/pressreleases