Changes to council tax system will affect thousands of Hartlepool residents

Hartlepool Civic Centre.

Hartlepool Civic Centre.

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COUNCILLORS are being asked to endorse changes to a council tax benefit system which will affect thousands of residents after the majority of people backed the plans in a consultation.

Hartlepool Borough Council has been consulting over its plans to increase the cut in levels of council tax benefit from 8.5 per cent to 12 per cent. That would mean those in a Band A property being liable for £135 of council tax a year, rather than £95 with the current 8.5 per cent cut.

Only 135 people responded to the consultation, which asked whether residents thought the 12 per cent reduction was fair, but 60.4 per cent said yes and 35.8 per cent no.


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