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Exeter people asked to give benefit change feedback
11:43am Monday 6th August 2012 in Devon
PEOPLE living in Exeter are being asked to have their say on important changes to the way benefits are paid out.
The Government has decided to stop the council tax benefit scheme that supports residents on a low income by helping them pay their council tax bill.
The responsibility for providing that support will transfer to local councils from next April.
The cut in government funding means Exeter will need to save over £1m in the first year alone, according to Exeter City Council.
Cllr Ian Martin, lead councillor for business transformation and human resources, said: "This cut in government funding means that we will have to make some difficult decisions about who gets financial help and how much they get.
"We are committed to working with residents and the voluntary sector to identify the most vulnerable people and reduce the impact on them."
Those who currently get council tax benefit will be sent a letter and questionnaire next week. People who are not affected are also urged to take part in the consultation.
The questionnaire can also be filled in online at the related link and must be completed and returned to the Council by Monday, October 1.
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