Thousands of people in Calderdale are going to have to pay more for their council tax.
Calderdale Council is looking to change their current council tax support scheme.
The figures have yet to be confirmed, but council officials believe the amounts added to bills will range from as little as 82p a week up to £14.06.
The move is up for discussion by the council and residents in Calderdale have the chance to have their say on proposals for the level of Council Tax Support the authority will provide from 2014.
The move is necessary because in April 2013, the Government ended Council Tax Benefit and passed responsibility for providing support with council tax to local authorities.
The Government also reduced the level of funding for this by around 10%.
The council funded the shortfall in 2013-14 in order to provide the same level of support, but now has to change the system.
Under the proposals people of working age who currently receive the full level of Council Tax Support would be asked to pay some money towards their bill.
Those who receive some support to pay their bill would be asked to make a larger contribution. This would allow the Council to provide support for those in greatest need but still remain within its budget. Calderdale Council would need to find an additional £1.9m through other savings to continue the current scheme.
Pensioners will be unaffected by these changes and will continue to receive the same level of support as this year.
Council officials say that about 10,000 people will lose up to 29% of the support they have previously received.
This will range from an extra £1.07 to £14.96 a week.
A further 2,200 residents who currently receive partial support will find themselves out of pocket by anything from 82p to £12.33.
And another 195 people will lose anything from 82p to £2.77 a week.
Calderdale Council’s Cabinet Member for Communities Clr Steve Sweeney said: “This is a complex matter, but it’s important that people tell us what they think about the proposals.
“The reduction in support is being forced on the council by the Government, but we want people to take part in the consultation so that all the options are understood and ensure that the new scheme supports those in most need.”
The results of the consultation will be reported to Cabinet in the autumn and will be used to help shape the new scheme and identify any groups which should be protected from the changes.
To air your views see the council website at www.calderdale.gov.uk , search for Council Tax Reduction Scheme, and fill out the questionnaire. Alternatively request a copy by calling 0845 245 8000, or visit Customer First offices in Brighouse, Elland, Halifax, Hebden Bridge, Sowerby Bridge or Todmorden.