Changes to Council Tax Benefit in South Dorset
7:44am 20th September 2012
The way Council Tax Benefit is handed out in Dorset's about to change - and your views are needed.
The governments getting rid of the national scheme and asking local council's to come up their own instead.
If you get council tax benefit you'll be asked to fill in a questionnaire to tell Dorset County Council what you think of their proposals.
From April 2013, Council Tax Support will be administered by local district and borough councils with the government giving ten per cent less funding than the current national system.
David Barnes, the Project Leader of the Pan-Dorset group working on Council Tax Support, said: "The government has given us a real challenge by transferring responsibility to local councils to deliver a suitable scheme while reducing funding by ten per cent. This is a complicated issue and we have had to take some difficult decisions in coming up with our draft schemes.
"In essence our draft Council Tax Support schemes mean that all Council Tax Benefit claimants of working age, except the most vulnerable, will now have to pay something towards their Council Tax in line with the government's aim to encourage unemployed people back into work and make work pay.
"Pensioners and other vulnerable people will not be affected and will continue to receive the same level of support as now."