Council tax benefits to be cut by a quarter

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Working age people in the Boston area will see their council tax benefits cut by 25 per cent from April.

At last nights meeting, Boston Borough Council voted to go ahead with the reduction in support despite appeals from some opposition members.

The changes will not affect pensioners or war pensioners – but will affect all other claimants, including the severely disabled and families with young children.

The council is introducing the Council Tax Support Scheme, which treats all working age claimants equally, as part of central Government’s welfare reform. As part of this, all local authorities are required to introduce a scheme.

Changes were also approved to council tax exemptions and discount rates on empty properties. This includes the introduction of a premium charge of 150 per cent on dwellings left empty and unoccupied for more than two years.

The council said the changes support their ‘wish to see vacant homes across the borough reduced’.

For more on this see next week’s Boston Standard newspaper.