Kingston Council protects residents from tax reductions
By adam_leone | Tuesday, November 13, 2012, 13:34
Kingston has pledged that people on benefits and those on low incomes across the borough will continue to be protected from council tax increases.
Kingston Council to come up with new schemes
Council Tax Benefit – the system designed to help reduce council tax bills for low income households – will be abolished in April 2013.
Instead, Kingston Council and other local authorities are losing funding and will have to spend money introducing a new scheme.
Many councils are proposing charging hard-pressed people hundreds of pounds they did not previously have to pay.
Kingston Council, however, is set to agree a package of measures that will protect the borough's vulnerable and low-income residents and ensure it meets its commitment to reduce child poverty.
Pensioners will already be protected from any changes but the Council has ensured that disabled working age residents will also be protected from changes.
The Government recommended that councils limit any council tax rises for low-income households to 8.5 per cent at most, but even this would have meant that people living in a Band D property in Kingston would have to pay £140 extra a year.
Lead Member for Finance and Resources, Councillor Rolson Davies, said: "The Government's plans could have had a severe impact on some of our most vulnerable residents.
"It is simply unacceptable that those people least able to pay should be hit with a £140 hike in their council tax to pay for the Government's plans."