WORKING age people will bear the brunt of changes to council tax support, a councillor said.
There was unanimous opposition from Calderdale Cabinet members to Government proposals as residents who currently receive council tax support may lose out.
From 2013/14 Calderdale households who received council tax support will face increased bills.
But there are concerns the council’s collection rate will be hit by 30% or 50%, putting increased pressure on the council’s legal department.
Clr Pauline Nash said: “Given the significant uncertainty surrounding these issues and the fact we’re still waiting for new information this is the best option we can put forward at the moment.”
Clr Bob Metcalfe added: “It’s going to cost the authority to implement this misguided piece of legislation which is putting vulnerable people in a difficult situation.”
From April 2013 Calderdale has to run its own Council Tax Support Scheme.
Currently £16 million is spent in the authority area on Council Tax Benefit, which supports those on low earnings. But they face a 10% cut in subsidy so they’ve had to change who benefits from the scheme.
Among the changes is the removal of non-dependent deductions exemption for claimants with Disability Living Allowance, while people with more than £3,000 Capital also face increased bills.
A report reveals that the forecast cost to the council will be £14.4m in 2013-14, £14.7m in 2014-15 and £14.9m 2015-16.