Northumberland County Council is conducting a consultation with regard to reducing the level of council tax support for working age claimants in Northumberland.  

The consultation states that the council has a difficult financial situation to manage over the coming years and must make substantial savings of around £36m.  they have suggested that a small part of these savings could come from reducing the amount of financial help provided to residents on low incomes through the Council Tax Support Scheme.  Currently, of the 15,425 working age claimants in Northumberland, 12,010 receive 100% support and currently have no bill to pay.  If proposals are agreed they would affect all claimants. Almost every other local authority in the region has reduced its Council Tax Support in recent years at varying levels and if approved, Northumberland’s would be one the of smallest reductions in the North East.  It would also be one of the smallest Council Tax reductions in the whole country. 

The deadline for taking part in the consultation is 2nd November.

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