Council Tax survey launches across borough

A survey is being sent to more than 5,000 working age people in receipt of benefits asking them what they think of proposals to reduce the amount of Council Tax benefit they will receive.

Amber Valley Borough Council is launching the poll following the Government announcement that fom April 2013, Council Tax Benefit in its current form will no longer exist.

An initial report will be considered by at the Full Council Meeting on 26 September, about a proposed new Council Tax Discount Scheme which will mean that the amount of financial grant the Council will receive from the government to fund the scheme will be reduced by around 10-12%.

For Amber Valley Borough Council this is equivalent to a grant reduction of approximately £850,000 a year.

Cllr Stuart Bradford, leader of Amber Valley Borough Council said: “We have worked very hard to minimise the impact on those who will be affected by the changes and the consultation process will help us to refine the scheme to be launched in April 2013. To help 5,200 working age recipients, our proposal is to recover some of the grant shortfall by removing the Council Tax discount currently offered to second home owners in Amber Valley.”

Letters and a survey will be sent to around 5,200 benefits recipients asking them what they think of the proposals. Surveys are also being sent to around 1,000 other residents who sit on the Council’s Citizens Panel - comprising a mixture of working families, pensioners and benefit recipients.

Copies will be available in the Town Centre Offices in Alfreton, Belper, Heanor and Ripley. People can view the proposals on our web site www.ambervalley.gov.uk. The deadline for receipt of surveys is 30 November 2012.

For further information the survey will be available from Friday 28 September at www.ambervalley.gov.uk