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Changes to Council Tax Benefit in Blaby district

A new Council Tax Support Scheme is being launched to replace Council Tax Benefit in Blaby district on April 1, 2013.

Blaby District Council has developed the scheme after the government cut by £460,000 the amount the Council receives to help pay for benefits and abolished Council Tax Benefit.

For the 5385 claimants in Blaby district, it means anyone of working age will have to pay up to 8.5% of their Council Tax bill. Pensioners will not be affected by these changes.

Councillor John Hudson, portfolio holder for Finance, Efficiency and Assets at Blaby District Council, said: “The challenge we faced was to design a scheme that would support the most vulnerable members of the community but also provide value for money and protect other services for all our residents.

“Through a public consultation we have taken on board the views of our residents and key stakeholders and used this to help develop the new scheme. We understand the changes will not be easy for some members of the community and we will be offering help and support to those affected by this and other welfare reforms.”

From April 1, 2013, there will be other changes to the way Council Tax Support is administered in Blaby district:

  • Second adult rebate is being abolished.
  • Anyone whose income is over their needs allowance, their benefit is reduced by 20p for every £1. Blaby District Council is to increase this to 25p.
  • Property owners, whose property is unoccupied and undergoing major repairs/structural work, will now get a 50% discount for 12 months instead of a full discount.
  • Property owners, whose property is unoccupied, will get a 100% discount for 7 days and then a 50% discount for the remainder of the first six months.

The Council Tax Discretionary Discount, a county wide initiative funded by local authorities, Leicestershire County Council, The Officer of the Police and Crime Commissioner, and Leicestershire Fire and Rescue Service, has been developed to ensure people who are experiencing severe financial problems can apply for short term help.

Changes to Council Tax Benefit are part of a wider raft of welfare reforms, which also includes changes to the way Housing Benefit is calculated based on under-occupancy– otherwise known as “the bedroom tax”.

For more information visit www.blaby.gov.uk/advice-and-benefitsor call 0116 272 7510

Walk through Fosse Meadows raises valuable funds for Marie Curie Cancer Care

 A walk through Fosse Meadows raised valuable funds for Marie Curie Cancer Care in memory of Councillor Phil Fox.

Joan Rampton, Chairman of the South Leicestershire Marie Curie Cancer Care Fundraising Group, received a cheque from Councillor Ernie White and Councillor Jo Fox for £444.88 donated in memory of long-serving Blaby District and Braunstone Town Councillor Phil Fox who sadly passed away earlier in the year after a determined battle with cancer.

The money was raised by a sponsored walk through Fosse Meadows.

The 66-year-old former school teacher was first elected to both authorities in 1995 and represented the local community for almost 17 years.

He was also a keen poet and a big fan of Liverpool Football Club and the Leicester Tigers.  His wife, Councillor Jo Fox, is leader of Braunstone Town Council and also serves as a district and county councillor.

Added to the money raised at the Blooming Great Tea party and other fundraising events held earlier in the year brings the total, that the local South Leicestershire Marie Curie Cancer Care Fundraising Group has raised, to over £7200.00 so far in 2012.

The group are also holding a Christmas Coffee Morning at St Pius X Church Hall, Narborough on Saturday 1st December to raise even more funds and everyone is invited. >>Read more here

The money raised will help raise even more funds to help more Marie Curie Nurses to provide free care to patients with terminal cancer and other illnesses in the comfort of their own homes or one of the charity’s hospices.

To get help from the Marie Curie Nursing Service, talk to your GP, district nurse or discharge nurse. For more information, please visit: www.mariecurie.org.uk.

The group are also calling upon anyone who might be interested about joining to find out more by contacting Gill McQueen on 0116 2865524