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Council Notes: 18/01/17

Councillor Mary Temperton statement at Council on the Tax Discount Scheme:

These proposed changes will save £70,000.

It is stated that this scheme is an attempt to support people with greatest need, but 1351 will have an increased Council Tax bill compared to 266, with a reduction.

I support that the bandwidth enables households to increase their weekly income by £60 without having to declare this and initiate the paybacks. This will help those on Zero Hour contracts whose incomes vary on a frequent basis – good for the resident and good for administration. I also support the disregard of the Carers allowance and the support for those households with a disabled member.

However, the example is given of the effects of this scheme on a family with two working parents and three children earning £326 per week. Their Council Tax rises from £4.92 a week, to £17.23 a week an increase of £12.31- £640 over the year. Bracknell Forest Homes estimate that there are 32 families living in their properties who would be so adversely affected.

These are families who weekly have to juggle council tax, rent, heating, food etc. If they do not pay the council tax, the bailiffs will call. If they do not pay the rent, eviction may follow. WE are told these are the very families that it is most difficult to find affordable homes for. -Couples with three children.

Welfare benefit changes and increasing inflation will put additional financial strain on these struggling households without this excessive Council tax increase.

Such a challenging impact makes the scheme unacceptable and I urge you to vote against it.

Tom Neill

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Tom Neill
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