Changes to council tax payments under review by Rother District Council

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Hard-up residents in Rother could have to pay more towards their council tax under new changes.

Councillors are recommending a proposal where all households across the district pay a minimum of 20 per cent.

The changes will be discussed at Rother District Council’s (RDC) overview and scrutiny meeting this evening (Monday, October 19).

In June, councillors on the cabinet agreed proposals for consultation on a revised Council Tax Reduction Scheme (CTRS) for introduction from April 1 next year.

A consultation was held from July to September for nine weeks.

The changes are being proposed as part of a cost-cutting measure and because of a reduction in funding from central government.

In his report, which will be discussed this evening, Malcolm Johnston, RDC’s executive director of resources, said: “Changes introduced by the Local Government Finance Act 2012 abolished Council Tax Benefit (CTB) and set a requirement for local authorities to devise and administer their own CTRS within reduced funding of 90 per cent of CTB expenditure.

“It is clear that all authorities across East Sussex will continue to face reductions in their income over the next four years and will need to make savings.”

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