Cardiff hit by reform to Council Tax Benefit

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NewsNovember 5th, 2012

Bevan Foundation Director Victoria Winckler has responsed to a Cardiff Council report that more than 35,000 people living in Cardiff will be affected by changes to Council Tax benefit and other social security benefits such as Housing Benefit.  Speaking to the Western Mail, Victoria said “Cardiff also has a lot of people on low wages, working in shops, restaurants and offices – they’ll be hit by the changes to housing and council tax benefit and also the changes to support for people in work.

The changes come at the same time as Cardiff Council’s own budget is being cut by £55 million.  The council also anticipates that the cuts in benefits will mean that people’s lower incomes will mean they no longer have to contribute to the cost of social care,  resulting in an additional short fall of £24,000 in adult social services alone.

Councillor Lynda Thorne, Cardiff council’s cabinet member for communities, housing and social justice, said she had written to the Welsh Government asking it to consider some “creative options” to help mitigate the impact of the changes, due to come into force next year.


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