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New council tax discount scheme comes into force next month
9:42am Monday 18th March 2013 in News
WYRE Forest District Council is reminding residents that a new council tax discount scheme will come into force next month.
The scheme will mean that all residents of working age will have to pay some of their council tax bill.
The new discount scheme will begin on Monday, April 1 and is replacing council tax benefit following the Government’s decision to end the national scheme and cut funding for benefits by 10 per cent.
From April 1, no-one of working age will be able to claim 100 per cent of their council tax bill and will need to find at least 8.5 per cent.
Residents living in a band A property in Kidderminster will need to pay £84.62 if eligible to receive a 91.5 per cent discount under the new scheme.
Other changes include a change to the tariff used to assess discount and second adult rebate will be withdrawn.
There will also no longer be a discount for people who have two homes and changes have been made to the discounts given for empty properties.
Single person discounts and payments to pensioners will not be affected.
For more information visit wyreforestdc.gov.uk/benefits