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Millions face council tax rise

Millions of low-income households face a steep rise in their council tax bills from April, according to research published.

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Changes to Council Tax Benefit from April 2013

  • The existing Council Tax Benefit scheme will end on 31 March 2013.
  • A new scheme called Council Tax Support will be introduced from 1st April 2012 and it will be the responsibility of local authorities.
  • Councils in England have seen a 10% cut in the funding system, as a result some households may receive less benefit.
  • Under the new scheme pensioners will be protected.

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