Government slashes £5million from Enfield's Council Tax Benefit
Council Tax Benefit claimants are likely to be hit by a £5million cut in Government funding.
Enfield Council announced this week that the Government has made an extra cut to its annual budget, on top of the £69million of savings the council will have to make by 2015.
Enfield Council's leader, Councillor Doug Taylor, said: "In essence the Government is further squeezing residents "Once again Enfield is one of the London boroughs hit hardest by government spending cuts.”
The council is due to start a 12-week consultation this month to ask householders their views about how to tackle the latest waive of cuts.
At this stage, ideas include increasing contributions from working people who are above 18 and living in a home paying council tax from £9.90 to £20.50 per week.
The council could also abolish the second adult rate rebate which is currently given to householders where a non-dependent is on income support.
Cllr Taylor added: "Enfield Council wants to make sure that residents have the chance to get involved in deciding how this funding gap is bridged as fairly as possible so I'd urge as many people as possible to take part in the consultation.
"It might seem like a dry and boring subject, but it has tremendous implications for everyone who pays council tax or receives a discount so it's really important they take part and help shape our future council tax benefit scheme."