In conjunction with proposed changes to the countryâ€™s welfare system, the government is asking local authorities to devise new local council tax support schemes to replace council tax benefits. At the same time, the government is reducing the sums of money given to each district to pay for this council tax support.
In response to this, North Devon Council is asking local residents for their views on the proposed changes, which will directly affect working-age people who currently receive council tax benefit.
North Devon Council also invites businesses to express theirÂ views on the proposed council tax support scheme, as the impact of these changes could affect their customers.
The major changes will need to take into account a 10% reduction in what North Devon Council has to pay for council tax support. It is proposed this will mean people of working age will face a reduction in support from April 2013, while pensioners and some other vulnerable groups are protected from the cuts.
An eight-week consultation is now taking place, with a general survey available at Â www.northdevon.gov.uk/benefits, as well as a copy of the full draft scheme. If you would like to share your views, please go online andÂ complete the surveyÂ before Monday 1 October 2012.