The government is abolishing the current national council tax benefit scheme and cutting funding for its replacement.
All councils across the country must replace it with a local council tax support scheme on 1 April 2013. Because it could mean changes for Hackney residents and local services, the Council is consulting with residents and wants to know your views on a proposed local scheme.
The proposal at the moment is to deal with the government's reduction is by spreading it across the claims of the 27,700 working-age claimants. This means that all council tax benefits claimants (except pensioners) will have to contribute amounts from less than £1 to up to £3.76 a week (based on a band D property in receipt of 100% council tax benefit).
All other application and assessment processes will remain unchanged from the current council tax benefit scheme.
The consultation is open until 22nd October and all the details are online here.