Dales to lose out

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WORKING-age claimants in the Derbyshire Dales face a reduction in their council tax benefits from April 1, but pensioners will not be affected.

Following the Government’s decision to abolish the national council tax benefit scheme, Derbyshire Dales District Council last week approved a new local council tax support scheme, which will see claimants having to pay no more than 8.5 per cent of their liability.

A Hardship Relief Fund has also been set up, granting relief on an exceptional basis for limited periods.


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