Your chance to speak out

Rother District Council is planning major changes in the Council Tax Reduction Scheme that will affect nearly 4,000 residents in Rother district.

It will affect the must vulnerable in our communities, including the disabled, those on a low income, the unemployed and the self-employed.

It will be assumed by RDC that all self-employed are working at least 35 hours a week and earning the minimum wage. There will be no appeal process available for the part-time or low-waged self-employed.

I was surprised to read on the council’s Council Tax Reduction Scheme website that only 42 residents had responded by August 13, even though there are 3,000 to 4,000 who will be seriously affected by the changes.

Maybe this is because the residents whom it will affect most are unaware of the proposed changes that will now demand some level of council tax from the badly off.

They may not be aware of the consultation briefing on the council’s website, and the questionnaire associated with it.

The consultation period of eight weeks runs between July 27 and September 18 – you need to have your say.

Rother are asking that more women get involved in answering the questionnaire, and also working people under 60 years of age.

Come on people of Rother, young and old, this is your chance to speak up for yourselves and your families.

If would like the chance to air your views, there is a public meeting organised by concerned residents being held on Friday, September 4, at 7 pm at Parkhurst Hall, Parkhurst Road, Bexhill, TN40 1DE (behind Sackville Road Methodist Church).

Judith Meredith

De Moleyns Close


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