Thurrock’s poorest could be hit as council benefit to be scrapped
Date posted: 10-07-2012
MANY HAVE said that the worst is yet to come and they may be right as Thurrock Council’s ruling Labour cabinet are set to discuss how to deal with the scrapping of council tax benefit.
The agenda item is tucked away at Item 12 at the meeting in the civic offices on Wednesday but whatever is recommended and finally approved by the council could have massive consequences for the borough.
Council Tax Benefit is being scrapped and replaced with a local system of benefit.
At the moment every £1 of council tax benefit local authorities award is subsidised by £1 from the Government so there is no cost to the local authority.
Thurrock is likely to have a 15% shortfall (£1.1 milion) between the benefit paid and funding from the Government.
This means Thurrock is going to have to cut the benefit it pays by £1.1 milion – the cuts wont be spread across everyone claiming – only certain claimants wil have their benefit cut (mostly those working on a low income).
It appears that the government are cutting funding and making councillors decide which residents are losing out and having to pay more council tax.
It could be interpreted that if councillors refuse to create their own scheme the government will impose one on the local authority.
The cabinet meet at 7pm at the Civic Offices, New Road, Grays.