PENSIONERS in Huddersfield seem set to have to pay 3% more in Council Tax this year while everyone else has a freeze.
The reason for this is that councillors have been recommended to scrap the Council Tax Reduction Scheme which had meant the over 65s were paying less since 2007.
It was brought in by the Tory administration on Kirklees Council at the time to boost the small national rise in pensions.
Although it will save the council £750,000 a year – a not insignificant sum – it will undoubtedly heap further hardship on some of our senior citizens.
For many of them every penny really does count and it will make life even tougher, especially at a time when the interest on savings is so poor.
If this cut does go ahead, pensioners will have done their bit towards reducing the deficit – but what further cuts will they now face in the months ahead?