Tendring District Council’s (TDC) Cabinet has agreed its Local Council Tax Support Scheme (LCTS) for next year following consultation with residents.
The most significant change from 2014/15 is that working age claimants on low incomes will pay 20 per cent of their Council Tax, rather than the current 15 per cent.
Paul Honeywood, TDC’s Cabinet Member for Housing, Benefits and Revenues, said that still keeps Tendring as the second lowest amount in Essex behind Uttlesford.
He explained that the reason for the change from 15 per cent was that the Council was no longer able to impose a residency clause.
Up to now anyone who had not been living in the District for five years would not receive any support with their Council Tax.
However, following a court ruling involving Sandwell Council the residency clause has been removed in Tendring.
“Without this clause in place we have had to go to 20 per cent to balance the books,” added Cllr Honeywood.
“We are doing the very best we can for our residents and are maintaining frontline services, investing in projects as well as balancing the books.
“If we could have kept the residency clause we could have stuck at 15 per cent.
“It is our aim to put the residents of Tendring first and look after our residents as best we can.”
The Cabinet’s recommendation will now go before the Full Council for a decision on November 25.
LCTS replaced Council Tax Benefit from April 1, 2014 as part of major changes to the Welfare Benefits system.
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