209Hambleton residents are being asked for their views on a scheme which reduces the amount of Council Tax for those on low incomes.

The district council is considering bringing its current system in line with the changes made by central Government in relation to Housing Benefit and Universal Credit.

Currently the maximum discount is 80% of Council Tax for working age households and up to 100% for pensioners – the national scheme for pensioners will not be affected by these proposals.

“Since the termination of council tax benefit three years ago all councils have to develop their own council tax reduction schemes which are reviewed every year,” said Head of Service for Finance, Louise Branford-White.

“It is really important that everyone has their say as those who do not receive a discount are subsidising those who do in order to provide the same level of council services.”

An eight week consultation exercise is now underway and all residents are encouraged to give their views by completing the consultation form online at www.hambleton.gov.uk/survey/ctrs.

Alternatively paper copies are available at any of the district council offices in Northallerton, Stokesley and Easingwold or by telephoning 01609 779977.

The consultation will close on 2 October 2016