Website tracking council tax benefit changes launched
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A think tank has launched a website tracking changes to council tax support in England.
The UK Government’s Welfare Reform Act will abolish council tax benefit from April 2013 and ‘localise’ the support to individual councils in England.
However, the Government is cutting the support by 10% and also instructing councils to protect pensioners from any cuts.
Critics of the reform warn it will disproportionately affect working-age households at a time when other benefits are being reduced.
Most councils are having to consult on schemes which will seek minimum payments from working age households – some of who have been previously exempt from paying council tax.
Council Tax Support Update has been launched by the New Policy Institute, which produces evidence-based research on a range of social and economic issues including income, work, housing and poverty.
The data, which covers local authorities in England, provides information on each of the schemes agreed.
According to the site, 86 councils have decided (or are in the final stages of deciding) their CTS schemes for April 2013. They must have their local schemes in place by the end of January.