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Chance to have say online over council tax change

Wolverhampton | News | Published:

People can have their say on plans to dramatically increase the amount of council tax paid by thousands of people on benefits.

An online consultation has been launched by Wolverhampton City Council, which wants 12,000 households to pay more towards their rates following government cuts to grants.

Some low-income families could end up paying £100 a year more.

The city council wants to get people's views about plans to cut the assistance given to people on low incomes – known as Council Tax Reduction – by 10 per cent. Since the original cut came into effect in 2012 the council said the maximum support a low income household would get towards their council tax would be 88 per cent of the total bill.

Now it plans to reduce that support by a further 10 per cent, meaning the new maximum figure for Council Tax Reduction would be 78 per cent of the total bill.

People can complete the confidential survey online via: www.wolverhampton.gov.uk/counciltaxreduction

See also: Dozens of council staff cost more than £100,000.

Roadshows are at Central Library on September 9 from 9am-1pm, Wednesfield Market on September 16 from 9am-1pm, Bilston Market on September 18 from 9am to 1pm, Wolverhampton Market on September 23 from 9am to 1pm and Tettenhall Library on September 25 from 10am to 1pm.

The consultation is open until October 31.

See also: Council tax increase 'to attack most vulnerable'.

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