Benefit Reform to Affect 9,800 Poorer Households in Aylesbury Vale


7:16am 18th September 2012
(Updated 6:53am 12th November 2012)

Aylesbury Vale District Council's Cabinet will vote later today (Tuesday) over whether to change the rules surrounding council tax benefit.

It's because central government is giving local councils the responsibility for setting the rules, and deciding who should get the discount and who should have to pay the full bill.

Following a public consultation, AVDC has come up with a scheme that cuts the benefit by 20% for some and doesn't allow anyone with more than £6,000 in savings to be eligible for the council tax benefit.

Claimants who are in full-time work would be expected to pay slightly more toward their council tax bill too but the increase for them would be less than those who didn't work full-time. AVDC says they want to provide an incentive to get a job and stay in work. To do this, some of the lowest earning households in Aylesbury Vale will be able to earn more before having to pay council tax.

It's thought around 9,800 low-earning households in the Vale will be affected by the changes.

The district council says they can't afford to pay out the same amount next year in the benefit as was paid out this year, because they will receive £1,000,000 less from central government in 2013.

Pensioners are protected from the changes.

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