Families previously deemed too poor to pay will be forced to make Council Tax contributions

People who are currently exempt from paying Council Tax will be forced to make contributions as of April 1, as more than £1 million of support is slashed.

Epping Forest District Council has warned residents that the new Local Council Tax Support system, is ‘not as generous’ as the current benefit scheme.

Help sessions will be held over the coming weeks, so that those who will be affected can go along and find out about the payments that they will now be expected to make.

The council is encouraging people to go along early and find out about various payment schemes, as reduced funding from central government means that some of the poorest families in the district will be forced to pay.

The first drop in session will be held at Debden Little Oaks Children Centre, today, from 1:30pm-3:30pm.

To find out when and where your nearest meeting will be, visit http://www.eppingforestdc.gov.uk/news/2013/02/council-tax-benefit-change-is-coming/.

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10:38am Mon 25 Feb 13

Cornbeefur says...

As long as the poorer families do not have sky tv, do not smoke and drink moderately, and do not take controlled drugs, they have my full support.
As long as the poorer families do not have sky tv, do not smoke and drink moderately, and do not take controlled drugs, they have my full support. Cornbeefur
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8:57pm Mon 25 Feb 13

ClifftonX says...

What is wrong with the journalists at the Guardian? "to" poor - I assume you mean too poor. Also you have spelt balloon elsewhere as "baloon".

As to this article, if you use a service, you should pay for it. If they have to cut back on things, then so be it - we all have to.
What is wrong with the journalists at the Guardian? "to" poor - I assume you mean too poor. Also you have spelt balloon elsewhere as "baloon". As to this article, if you use a service, you should pay for it. If they have to cut back on things, then so be it - we all have to. ClifftonX
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12:40pm Thu 28 Feb 13

stickmanny says...

You're so understanding. God forbid you ever fall on hard times.

It turns out this shameful tax on poverty will be approx £5 a week per household. Should anyone simply ignore their bill they are unlikely to be pursued for the money.

Howabout funding this by just not giving top earners a £20k tax rebate from April 1st?
You're so understanding. God forbid you ever fall on hard times. It turns out this shameful tax on poverty will be approx £5 a week per household. Should anyone simply ignore their bill they are unlikely to be pursued for the money. Howabout funding this by just not giving top earners a £20k tax rebate from April 1st? stickmanny
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