Council tax support in Barking and Dagenham could be capped at 75 per cent


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Council tax support could be capped at 75 per cent under changes being considered to boost the Town Hall’s income.

Working age residents would need to make a minimum contribution of 25 per cent to their council tax charge, 10pc more than they currently need to do.

The second adult rebate scheme could also be removed, along with the ability to backdate claims.

Meanwhile those with savings above £6,000 could be expected to pay their full council tax charge.

A £50,000 discretionary exceptional hardship scheme would be created as part of the plans in an attempt to help those most affected by the changes.

Cabinet members, meeting last night, gave the go-ahead for a consultation on the proposed changes.

Speaking at the mmeting, Councillor Dominic Twomey, Deputy Leader of the Council and Cabinet Member for Finance, admitted altering council tax support was a “real toughy” but suggested that it was the right decision on balance.

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“10pc more might be a step too far but I don’t think that we would go any further then that,” he said.

If adopted, changes to council tax payments would be effective from April 1 and would affect those who currently receive support along with new applicants.

The additional income is estimated to generate an extra £700k annually which the council says would “significantly help” to contribute towards the budget gap.

£54million of council savings are required over the next three years due to reductions in government funding.

Pensioners and War widows would be exempt from the changes proposed.

To find out more or to get involved in the consulation, which runs from today until December 20, visit

Alternatively, residents can speak to officers at Becontree Heath Leisure Centre on December 4 or Barking Learning Centre on December 11. Both events start at 6.30pm and end at 8pm.