Tax plans set to be agreed

Councillors were set to officially put forward plans which will see benefits claimants forced to fork out towards their council tax bills yesterday (Wednesday).

Currently benefits recipients are exempt from paying council tax but under the new plans they will have to pay at least some of their bill.

Erewash Borough Council said it faces a shortfall of £90,000 as the Government cuts funding by 10 per cent.

Claimants who receive 100 per cent support under current council tax benefits arrangements would pay between none and 8.5 per cent of their council tax bills.

Also at the council executive meeting yesterday plans to raise extra cash by increasing tax and removing exemptions on empty properties and second homes were expected to be rubber-stamped.

Labour councillors have revealed their opposition to the benefits plan when they were unveiled earlier this year but they do not sit on the executive which is made up of councillors on the leading Tory group.

All councillors will get the chance to have a vote on the plans at the full council meeting on Thursday December 13.