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Council Tax Reduction (CTR) scheme end

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Quackkers3
Quackkers3 Community member Posts: 12 Courageous
My local council's CTR scheme has been ended. They did a consultation where I gave my opinion opposing the scheme, and I also saw my MP who said he was going to try squash it. He must have been successful as got a letter saying will have to pay, don't know how much yet though. This on top of the SMI debacle is causing me a lot of stress. I know council tax is a priority debt, but what do I do if I can't afford it? I've just had my PIP daily living and mobility increased, but I need to raise £5,000 and then pay out all my mobility component for a wheelchair I need. Every time my mortgage rate goes up by 0.25% the payment goes up around £3 a month, and they keep saying it's going to go up again. I'm dreading my winter and gas bill cos I know I used 2-3 times what I did last year because it's been so cold since October, and I've been unwell for all but 2 weeks since then. I am scared that I'm not going to be able to afford the bill. For me the priority is getting the wheelchair so I can get out of the house, but I don't think they will see it like that. Any advice please?

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  • Nystagmite
    Nystagmite Community member Posts: 596 Pioneering
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    You need to talk to your council to see if there's any help for people on a low income struggling to pay their council tax.
  • Quackkers3
    Quackkers3 Community member Posts: 12 Courageous
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    Yes you are correct they are reducing it. I was on a 100% reduction which was a godsend as it has alliwrd me to be able to stay in my home. I spoke to council I have to wait until I get the bill. They were unable to telk me what it would be.
  • Nystagmite
    Nystagmite Community member Posts: 596 Pioneering
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    There's an option for you to pay your council tax over 12 months instead of 10, if that would be of any help to you.
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