Higher Council Tax Bills Expected In Coventry, Council Tax Advisors CIC responds
Residents in Coventry are predicted to get charged more for their council tax bills in the next financial year according to the Coventry Observer. Council plans also involve scrapping the Council Tax Reduction Scheme which has caused concern for CTACIC.
The poorest residents in Coventry are expected to pay more for their council tax during the 2014-15 financial year because councillors plan to reduce funding from a Council Tax Reduction Scheme (CTRS), the Coventry Observer says.
This support benefits around a third of Coventry householders, but part-time workers, the elderly and others are set to be charged more for Britain’s property tax. Coventry City Council have left the CTRS untouched for the past two years while other councils cut their rates of financial support.
Central government funding to councils will be halved in 2017 and Labour council leaders in Coventry say this is a reason why they cannot afford to cover the cost of over 37,000 households. The scheme is likely to be cut by £3 million out of the £25 million annual expenditure which helps Coventry’s poorest residents.
Coventry City Council announced a 1.9 per cent increase in council tax rates in February 2014, but the weakened financial power of the CTRS expected in Coventry means those on lower incomes may struggle to fully pay their bills.
A spokesperson for Council Tax Advisors CIC, who offer free advice to people in different kinds of debt, commented on the proposed reduction in Coventry Council’s CTRS. They said: “Coventry City Council’s plan to reduce support for the most hard-up residents reflects the UK’s increasingly difficult economic climate where local government cuts have adversely affected local people.
“Fortunately, there is a free and effective solution offered by Council Tax Advisors CIC. We help those who have fallen behind in their council tax bills and other type of payments by working with councils and bailiffs and delivering affordable repayment plans.”
Council Tax Advisors Community Interest Company (CIC) is a not-for-profit organisation offering free and independent advice and resolution services to those in council tax arrears or any other kind of debt. Formed in 2012 as a direct result of personal experiences with bailiffs, they specialise in providing advice and guidance on how best to deal with debt situations and offer long-term sustainable solutions including the organisation of repayment plans and professional mediation services.