Council Tax Support Scheme approved for 2015/16
Boston Borough Council's Council Tax Benefit Scheme has been approved for 2015/16.
The maximum amount of financial support will remain set at 75 per cent of the annual council tax amount for all households other than pensioners and war widows of all ages.
Social security benefits will be up-rated in line with the Department for Work and Pensions for working-age claimants and with the Department of Communities and Local Government for pension-age claimants.
Working age non-dependants' deductions will be up-rated using the DCLG's up-rating for pensioners.
Changes were made in 2013 because the Government abolished the national Council Tax Benefit Scheme, and reduced funding to the council. This meant that Boston would have had a shortfall of almost £750,000 if it kept the benefit exactly as before.
The council has to agree a Local Council Tax Support Scheme each year after public consultation.
Councillors agreed not to use cash from reserves to amend the scheme this year.
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