Council tax payments could rise for Chichester’s low earners

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Low earners living across the Chichester District could soon see their council tax payments rise.

Chichester District Council is considering reducing its Council Tax Reduction (CTR) scheme, which provides financial support to households on low incomes.

The changes would reduce the amount of CTR some people are entitled to.

In addition, the council is looking at changing the council tax discount for properties that are vacant where major repair works are required, underway or recently completed.

The council has launched a consultation and councillor Philippa Hardwick, cabinet member for finance, said: “We want to hear everyone’s views - including those not receiving the reduction.

“We are considering some changes to the current schemes, although they will not affect many residents but we need to know if we’ve got it right or whether there are areas that we need to look at again.”

More information about the scheme and a link to the online survey can be found at www.chichester.gov.uk/consultations

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