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Friday, April 5, 2013

Welsh Government help with council tax bills

Council tax reduction schemes are now operating in Wales to assist 330,000 households in paying their bills.
The new schemes replace council tax benefit which has been abolished by the UK Government as part of its welfare reform agenda.

The coalition government has also cut the funding available for replacement schemes by at least 10 per cent.

Welsh Ministers have repeatedly challenged this reduction in funding and remain profoundly concerned about the financial implications of the welfare reforms for some of the most vulnerable people in Wales.

The Welsh Government has taken on responsibility for developing new arrangements to support households in Wales in meeting their council tax bills. Extensive work has been undertaken with local government to minimise the impact on claimants and to ensure the new arrangements are viable and affordable.

For 2013/14 the Welsh Government is also providing an extra £22m to support local authorities in providing all eligible claimants with their full entitlement to support, despite the shortfall in funding transferred from the UK Government.

Lesley Griffiths, Minister for Local Government said:"In collaboration with local government, we have introduced schemes to provide vital financial assistance to approximately 330,000 households in Wales. The additional funding we have provided means some of our most vulnerable individuals will be protected from the UK Government’s cut in funding for council tax support."

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