A recent report has indicated that government cuts passed onto residents could see funding for council tax support reduced by £1 billion over the course of the next two years. According to the report, local authorities have announced their concern that charging low income families with increased council tax or making cuts to local services could incur higher rates of council tax overall.
Findings such as these have been outlined in a report published by the Local Government Association, which demonstrates the potential effects of the government withdrawing national council tax benefits. The government have proposed to implement a local council tax support scheme in place of the national scheme and research has indicated that the total reduction to council tax support funding between 2013/2014 and 2015/2016 could reach a total of £1 billion.
Local authorities have reportedly called for the government to consider full funding for council tax support and the council tax system to be localised.
Reports such as these can be startling, particularly if you are currently struggling to pay your council tax and are looking for help. At Council Tax Advisors we understand that struggling to pay your council tax can be a daunting and stressful experience, which is why we advise you to contact our advisors as soon as possible. If you are struggling to pay your council tax or council tax arrears, it’s important to inform your council immediately as they can put steps in place to help you – if you’d prefer, our experienced advisors can contact your local council on your behalf and offer you advice on the situation going forward.
With the release of reports indicating government and council cuts, it’s important that you seek help if you are struggling with your council tax payments. It’s important that you don’t struggle alone – one of our advisors can give you advice on council tax arrears and can speak to your council on your behalf to set up more affordable payment plans. Even if funding is decreasing, help is still at hand. Simply contact our advisors today to put your mind at rest.