Low income families to pay less council tax, say Milton Keynes Council

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The city’s vulnerable will now pay less council tax after Milton Keynes Council agreed changes to this year’s scheme.

It follows a 90-day consultation with residents and community support groups.

Councillor Robert Middleton, cabinet member responsible for finance, said: “I would like to thank everyone for taking the time to feedback.

“We were keen to hear from customers and partners on the proposals and it was encouraging to see so many responses. “These changes to the Council Tax reduction Scheme for 2015/16 will make things easier for vulnerable people in the city.”

Changes to the working age scheme include:

• Increasing the amount a single disabled person can earn before their council tax reduction is affected.

• Increasing the amount of council tax reduction that can be awarded to certain groups of people such as war pensioners, the terminally ill, young people leaving care and those with mental health issues.

• Changes that keep the scheme in line with other benefits.

• Changes that make the council tax reduction easier to claim.

The council agreed in 2013 that the current scheme would run for two years and that each year would consider whether to change the scheme. There were no changes in 2014.