- 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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