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Local Council's to Decide on Your Tax Support

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7:16am 17th October 2012

If you get council tax support - things could be about to change.

The Government's replacing the national system with one run by our local councils.

They've come up with an idea that will see most working age residents in Dorset who qualify for council tax support pay a minimum contribution.

You've got until November the 5th to have your say.

All residents, regardless of whether they claim Council Tax Benefit or not, are encouraged to complete the questionnaire on the councils' websites or can request paper copies to complete.

David Barnes, the Project Leader of the Pan-Dorset group working on Council Tax Support, said: "We have had a good response so far to our consultations but this is an important issue and we want to make sure that everyone has a chance to give their views.

"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."

More information about the proposed schemes and questionnaires are available to be completed online here.

The final decision on the Council Tax Support schemes for Dorset will be made by 31 January 2013 with the schemes taking effect from April 2013.

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