Council wants your views on benefit cut

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Residents are being asked if Council Tax benefit cuts were handled fairly in Boston.

From April bosses at Boston Borough Council cut the amount of Council Tax benefit working age residents received by 25 per cent and capped the amount of support available at 75 per cent.

The move came as the Government abolished the previous national arrangement, with councillors in Boston asked to come up with their own scheme that used less cash.

The council says it was left with a £750,000 budget black hole if it continued the old rules, so introduced the cut and cap to meet the shortfall. Pensioners and war widows were protected.

The council has to agree the rules each year and is proposing to maintain this year’s deal in 2014/15.

However, it first wants to hear from taxpayers on how they believe the changes have gone.

The consultation runs until October 31 and you can make your views known by going to www.boston.gov.uk/counciltaxsupport or by visitingnefit the council’s revenues and benefits office.