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People in Bolton will no longer be exempt from paying council tax under changes being brought in

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karlypants

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Nat Lofthouse
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Residents who have been exempt from paying council tax will start having to pay the charge from this April.

Town hall chiefs say they are being forced to make changes to the council tax support scheme, meaning that people of working age who previously did not have to pay anything will have to pay at least 12.5 per cent of the property bill.

Council bosses say they can no longer afford to maintain the same level of council tax support.

The Government abolished its pot of funding for local authorities to subsidise those who were exempt from paying a few years ago.

Bolton Council used £1m of its own money to continue the scheme at the same level — but now there will be a reduction in the support people receive.

Cllr Cliff Morris, leader of Bolton Council, said: “Unfortunately, the council must continue to make savings year on year and as part of this we have had to re-examine our council tax support scheme.

“We were originally due to introduce these changes in 2016, but delayed it by a year to allow residents to prepare for this. We appreciate that these changes to the council tax support scheme will cause concern to some residents and we will be providing them with as much information and support as possible.”

Under the changes, claimants who currently do not pay any of their council tax bill will have to pay at least 12.5 per cent, whilst those who pay some council tax will be likely to have to pay more, depending on their circumstances and income.

Any residents who have savings or capital of £3000 or more will not be eligible for council tax support.

The changes to the scheme will affect around 17,000 households.

Of these, around 12,000 households who are currently on full council tax support will have to pay 12.5 per cent of their council tax from April.

So for example someone in a band A property who has not paid council tax will now have a bill of £133.22, which broken down equates to £11.10 a month or £2.56 per week.

The other 5,000 who already pay some of their council tax will have to pay more than they do now.

All claimants affected will receive a letter by the end of January, asking them to visit the council website for more information and to complete a form on how they would like to pay.

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karlypants

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Nat Lofthouse
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So Cliff is shitting on the disabled and vulnerable whilst giving £300k to a business.

Top bloke Cliff!

Norpig

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Jussi Jääskeläinen
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did you see the other story doing the rounds? It seems Asons are now going to rent out some of the premises the council gave them money for! All stinks to high heaven i reckon.

As for the council tax, good luck chasing up the hundreds if not thousands who will refuse to pay, it will cost them more in chasing them up than getting them to pay

karlypants

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Haven't read anything on this.

Was it in the BEN?

Bollotom2014

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Tony Kelly
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Norpig wrote:did you see the other story doing the rounds? It seems Asons are now going to rent out some of the premises the council gave them money for! All stinks to high heaven i reckon.

As for the council tax, good luck chasing up the hundreds if not thousands who will refuse to pay, it will cost them more in chasing them up than getting them to pay
It's a legal order for councils to collect council tax and someone could be done for failing to collect it, or attempting to do so. That means lots of folk going to prison for non-payment, mega paydays for bailiffs and debt collectors and solicitors. It is only a few quid a week but can be a fortune to those who can't afford it. My parents pay £2,500 ish in that there Landan and Bolton Band H is another £500 ish on top, Blackrod and Horwich even more!

Norpig

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Jussi Jääskeläinen
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karlypants wrote:Haven't read anything on this.

Was it in the BEN?
 Here you go KP


https://www.lawgazette.co.uk/practice/asons-keeps-quiet-over-rental-income/5059519.article

karlypants

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Nat Lofthouse
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Norpig wrote:
karlypants wrote:Haven't read anything on this.

Was it in the BEN?
 Here you go KP


https://www.lawgazette.co.uk/practice/asons-keeps-quiet-over-rental-income/5059519.article
Cheers mate. Smile

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