PENSIONERS face rising bills after councillors scrapped their rebate last night.
Kirklees Council’s Labour Cabinet unanimously agreed yesterday to abolish a special council tax discount for the over 65s.
The move means older people who benefited from the rebate will have to pay 3% more from April.
All other households are likely to have a council tax freeze in 2011/12.
The Council Tax Reduction Scheme (CTRS) was set up in 2007 to help elderly people cope with rising prices.
Some 21,887 homes in Kirklees have benefited from the CTRS this year, including 8,246 single-person households.
But the scheme will cost Kirklees £750,000 in 2010/11.
The council’s Cabinet decided last night to scrap the CTRS to help Kirklees deal with the public spending squeeze.