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Support for Enfield's poorest families

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05 December 2016

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Residents are being asked if they think working age recipients of Council Tax Support should pay a greater contribution while the borough's most vulnerable people should remain exempt from paying it.

Residents are being asked if they think working age recipients of Council Tax Support should pay a greater contribution while the borough's most vulnerable people should remain exempt from paying it.

Enfield Council has been required by the Government to implement a local Council Tax Support Scheme to help people on low income pay their Council Tax since 2012.

If agreed, Enfield's Council Tax Support Scheme for 2017/18 would see the percentage contribution working age recipients would be expected to pay towards their Council Tax increasing from 25 to 26.5 per cent.

Eligible pensioners, war widows, disabled people and a number of other groups would be exempt from paying.

Enfield Council's Cabinet Member for Finance & Efficiency, Cllr Dino Lemonides, said: "In common with many other local authorities across the United Kingdom, we have seen significant reductions in our funding from the government. We have tried to protect Council Tax Support claimants from these reductions but we cannot keep the subsidy at its current level without significant cuts to services and/or increases in Council Tax in addition to the £58.5 million we already need to make by 2020/21.

"Despite these funding reductions we want to strike a balance between providing an affordable scheme and giving those in most need some financial support.

"We want to know what local people think of our proposals and the different options so I am urging people to take the time to complete the survey and tell us what they think."

The consultation can be found at Council Tax Support Scheme 2017-18 consultation and closes on January 11.

The Council has a Council Tax Support Hardship scheme for those households facing exceptional financial hardship defined as someone with no savings/assets whose uncontrollable living costs exceed 50 per cent of their income. Enfield Council expects to award more than £250,000 this year in hardship relief. Applications can be made easily on line at any time.