Powys council have agreed to cut council tax grant funding for over 1,400 pensioners living in the area, after a decision from the Welsh government about how the grant is supplied to the local authority. The grant will reportedly be cut by 12% this year, going from £100 a year to £88 for Powys’ 1,415 pensioners eligible for the scheme. The move has been condemned by various parties, with the knock-on effect on the older community likely to be significant.
One charity specialising in helping older people has said that the cuts will have a “large impact” on the elderly community. Though the council have made the decision to continue offering the grant to those struggling to pay their council tax later in life, cuts to the amount are preferable to the removal of the £140,811 grant from the Welsh government altogether. The grant is intended to aid those with a lower income in paying their council tax, and it is possible that cuts could make this more difficult for them.
Dai Davies, the cabinet’s finance portfolio holder, said: “The cut is a reflection of the scale of the grant given to the council by the Welsh government. The partial council tax reduction will ensure financial assistance is directed to pensioners who have been assessed as having limited finances.”
Council Tax Advisors are a free service specialising in helping people who have fallen into arrears on their council tax payments and wish to get things back on track. With the stress of missing payments and the prospect of a visit from bailiffs seemingly always imminent, it is best for those most vulnerable to seek help and guidance from a trusted source like CTA as soon as possible.
With cuts to funding for grants like this being cut all of the time, more and more people are finding that missed payments are becoming a more frequent occurrence, and hundreds of families are having to educate themselves on their options when it comes to resolving debts for good. CTA can advise you on the best course of action to take, along with providing information about your rights with bailiffs and more. Contact us today to find out more about how we can help.