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Council Tax Help Could Be Cut


11:55am 3rd October 2013

The amount of help people get with their council tax in West Dorset and Weymouth and Portland could be about to change.

The local authorities are thinking of capping it at 80%.

It's after a centrally funded scheme was scrapped by the Government which now means councils will pick up the Bill.

Cllr Robert Gould, Leader of West Dorset District Council, said: "The district council is committed to providing support to those who need it, but changes in government funding to all councils across the UK means we need to review our current council tax support scheme.

"We would like to hear people's views during this six-week consultation before any decisions are made."

Cllr Peter Chapman, Brief Holder for Finance and Assets at Weymouth & Portland Borough Council, said: "I encourage people to get involved and have their say on the proposals.

"This is a very important consultation and people can submit their views either online or by filling a form in at the council offices."

The final decision will be made at full council meetings at both West Dorset District Council and Weymouth & Portland Borough Council in January 2014.

Any changes would not come into effect until 1 April 2014.

The consultation will take place between 30 September 2013 and 10 November 2013. If you wish to take part in the consultation process visit www.dorsetforyou.com/counciltaxsupportconsultation/wdwp

Consultation forms are also available from council offices at North Quay, Weymouth and South Walks House Dorchester.

You have until the 10 November 2013 to have your say.

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