Council tax fears for borough residents

Thousands of struggling people in Boston council be forced further into poverty by plans to reduce council tax support, it has been claimed.

Proposals by Boston Borough Council to deal with a cut in Government funding could see residents who receive help towards their council tax bills getting 25 per cent less than they do at the moment – and some fear it could lead to big problems for many people in the area.

Finance supremo Coun Raymond Singleton-McGuire said the decision had been forced on the council by central Government, and that he thought this was the best way for the authority to deal with the problem.

However, at a meeting of the corporate and community scrutinty committee last night, some said they were worried that families who were already struggling would suffer, and many would simply not be able to pay.

Describing the situation as a ‘crisis scenario’, Coun Paul Kenny said: “There are large numbers of people who are going to suffer in Boston, and the council needs to have an action pland to consider that impact.

“We have got vulnerable people out there. How are we going to make sure they are protected?”

For the full story from last night’s meeting see next week’s paper.