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Will the abolition of council tax benefit affect you?

By Exeter Express and Echo  |  Posted: January 17, 2013

In Exeter, 5,709 working age claimants will have to pay an extra £277.33 per year

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Pensioners who currently receive council tax benefit will see no change.

The maximum amount of council tax support which can be claimed is being reduced from 100 per cent to 80 per cent. This means anyone of working age who currently receives full council tax benefit will have to pay at least 20 per cent towards their bill.

In Exeter, 5,709 working age claimants will have to pay an extra £277.33 per year – or £5.32 per week – on average.

In East Devon, 4,272 working age residents will have to pay on average £3.98 more per week – or £206.96 per year.

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Claimants in Exeter will lose their entitlement to support if they have savings or investments of more than £6,000 (£8,000 in East Devon, including partner's savings). Currently the limit is £16,000.

The so-called Second Adult Rebate is being abolished, meaning taxpayers who live with an adult on a low income will no longer get a discount of up to 25 per cent on their council tax.

In East Devon, council tax support will be limited to a Band D charge, so if you live in a Band E, F, G or H property, your council tax support will be reduced to that of a Band D charge. Exeter opted not to include this measure.

An exceptional hardship fund will be set up to act as a safety net for the most vulnerable residents.

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