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Bromsgrove District Council is consulting on proposed changes to the way it helps people on low income to pay their Council Tax.

Changes being proposed to the district council’s local Council Tax Support Scheme for next year include the way the application process works, how levels of support are calculated, and more.

Residents are now being invited to comment on all the proposals until May 27.

Cllr Geoff Denaro, whose portfolio includes Finance, said: “This is a consultation on a range of potential options, and we would like to hear from residents before we start to agree a draft scheme later this year.

“The proposals mainly seek to save money on the administrative costs of the scheme by bringing the way it works more into line with the recent changes to Universal Credit nationally, as well as looking at work incentives and considering local finances.”

Any changes to the scheme would come into effect from April 2017.

The proposals would not affect the levels of support that people of pension age receive. These are set nationally by the Government.

The district council currently spends around £4.5million a year on Council Tax support.

You can see and comment on the proposals at www.bromsgrove.gov.uk/consultations or contact the borough council on 01527 881288 or at its customer service centre at Parkside in Bromsgrove.