Residents across Tendring are being given the chance to have their say on the District’s Local Council Tax Support Scheme (LCTS) for next year.

Tendring District Council (TDC) is about to get under way with a consultation process for 2015/16.

It is keen to find out what people think about the issue and their views will help shape the way forward.

TDC has set up an online survey which involves a few questions and it can be completed anytime between 22 September and October 24, 2014 – it will take about five minutes to complete.

Nigel Brown, TDC’s Communications Manager, said it is important that anyone who has a view finds a few minutes to take part.

“Like all other local authorities we are again faced with the challenge of coming up with a new scheme,” he said.

Everyone of pension age is completely protected by the Government, as are vulnerable people, and they have their own scheme for Local Council Tax Support which will not be changing.

For those of working age, TDC came up with a scheme for 2014/2015 which was similar to how Council Tax Benefit used to be calculated with the following main changes:

It included: income from child maintenance payments; a 25% reduction in support for those who have been in receipt of Job Seekers Allowance (JSA) for more than 3 years; a blanket charge of 15% on all non-pensioner council tax liability; all child minders incomes; all household income (i.e. remove deductions for non- dependents).

The changes were introduced to try to ensure that there was no further cost to Council Tax payers in the District.

It is intended to keep these provisions and to limit the maximum LCTS awards.

The main task of this survey is to seek views on how much Tendring residents believe the maximum awarded should be.

The survey can be found on TDC’s website at: http://www.tendringdc.gov.uk/benefitctaxchange

Anyone who wants a paper copy of the survey should contact on 01255 686822.

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