Watford Borough Council to have powers to change council tax system in Watford

Time is running out for residents to have their say on incoming changes to Watford’s council tax system.

From this year Watford Borough Council will have powers to redraw the system of discounts residents get on their council tax.

Among people who currently benefit are pensioners, parents with adult children living with them and people with second homes.

However the new powers are coming as the Government is cutting nearly £800,000 from the money it provides services in the Watford area.

Councils have been told they can recoup the money via changes to the local council tax regime or find it from their own squeezed budgets.

The new system is due to come into effect in April.

Earlier this year Watford’s elected mayor, Dorothy Thornhill, pledged that the council would protect vulnerable people, the elderly and parents under its new system.

Over the last months the council has been consulting people about what changes it should make to the council tax benefits system.

The final day of the consultation in Monday January 7.

For more information or to take part in the consultation visit www.watford.gov.uk.

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10:36pm Thu 3 Jan 13

Razor Sharp says...

Aaaaahhhhhh, the theatre of consultation. I wonder if the public views will have any impact on the outcome.
Aaaaahhhhhh, the theatre of consultation. I wonder if the public views will have any impact on the outcome. Razor Sharp
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