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Tell us your views on council tax changes
We want your views on changes to the way we provide help with paying council tax to people on low incomes.
We recently carried out a public consultation on three options for a new local council tax benefit scheme – and are now consulting on three more.
The government is abolishing the current national council tax benefit scheme and every local authority is developing its own alternative support scheme and identifying ways of meeting the shortfall in funding.
Bristol can raise £2.5 million through its removal of discounts for second homes and lower allowances for empty properties, but that still leaves a £5 million shortfall.
On October 16, the government announced a one-off grant scheme for councils to apply for, to help fund the move to local council tax reduction schemes, but with new specific criteria. Bristol could receive a one-off payment of £790,000.
The council is therefore looking for your views on three further options for the new scheme (options four, five and six), in response to the recently announced government criteria.
You can give your views on the latest options by Friday, December 14. The final decision on the new scheme will be taken at the budget council meeting on Tuesday, January 15.
We want to hear your views on the new options being considered, before a final decision is made.
Published on: Thu, 29/11/2012