As the Executive Member for Communications at Erewash Borough Council I take great exception to Cllr Clare Neill’s comments (Benefits Claimants To Pay More Council Tax, Advertiser Thursday September 13) that the consultation being undertaken by Erewash Borough Council concerning benefit claims is a ‘sham.’
Our consultation officer has spent considerable time and energy working alongside consultation officers from Derbyshire County Council and the district and borough councils across Derbyshire to come up with a meaningful consultation that will give anyone who wants to respond the chance to do so.
The suggestions have been put into our ‘Have your Say’ document and we have made sure that as many people as possible will receie this information. here will be a mailshot to the 5,500 non-protected Council Tax Benefit claimants living in Erewash, we have a programme of roadshows, electronic feedback, forms in the two Town Halls, Parish Councils are helping to spread the word in their areas, Erewash-based organisations are being contacted with the proposals, Benefit Officers are available to speak to residents and where appropriate they can complete a feedback form on a resident’s behalf, we have media releases going out and posters advertising the survey. Please Cllr Neill check your facts before criticising our officer’s actions.
Cllr Carol Hart
Erewash Borough Council