Views sought on benefit changes

Residents have one more week to comment on Fenland District Council’s revised proposals for changes to Council Tax Benefit (CTB).

The changes are needed because the way that CTB is funded is changing from next April. The Government is cutting the amount of money it gives councils to fund CTB by 10 per cent. It has also said that pensioners must not be affected.

In Fenland’s case it means the budget shortfall is more than 10 per cent.

Initially, FDC was proposing to reduce the amount of CTB it paid out by 20 per cent. Now, taking into account the feedback from its original consultation and extra funding from the Government, it has published a revised set of proposals.

They are for an 8.5 per cent reduction, equivalent to an average cut of £1.52 per week for about 3,600 claimants and 72p a week for another 900.

The new consultation runs until Saturday, December 1. FDC is also writing again to all the people potentially affected by the proposed changes, as it did when it announced its original proposals.

For more information and to submit comments in an online survey, go to . Paper copies of the survey can be obtained at any of the four Fenland @ your service shops or by calling FDC on 01354-654321.