October 2, 2017
GAVIN STARTS CONSULTATION ON INCREASING DISABILITY SUPPORT
A leading Basildon councillor is encouraging residents to respond to a consultation about changes to council tax support, which will mean that any working age household that has a disabled person living in it will automatically get the full 75% support.
Basildon Council is consulting with residents on changes, which will leave disabled people with only 25% of their council tax bill to pay themselves.
The changes will mean these households, who tend to be some of the most deprived, will be able to apply via a more streamlined application process.
Other proposed changes would bring Basildon’s scheme in line with the changes made by central government in housing benefit and universal credit.
Cllr Gavin Callaghan, Basildon Council’s Chairman of the Policy and Resources Committee, said: “I would like to encourage our residents to have their say on this important consultation. Subject to full council approval we will ensure that our scheme is as fair as possible for all residents and that disabled people are not put through the means testing process.
“We already know that households with a disabled person are likely to be £500 a month worse off any way. This increase in support is a way of attempting to help disabled people in Basildon to live more independently.
"This is a simple change that makes good economic sense for the council and I hope it will gain public support.”
The consultation started on Monday 18 September and runs until 29 October 2017. The consultation is available at http://www.basildon.gov.uk/lctsconsult