Thursday, 19 November 2009

Extra cash for Cardiff pensioners

Three thousand households in Cardiff are set to benefit from an additional reduction in council tax over the next year. Up to £55 will automatically be credited to the accounts of pensioners who qualify for the discount.

Cardiff Council’s Pensioner Reduction Scheme is funded by the Welsh Assembly Government and is beginning this week. There is no need to apply for the reduction or contact the council as the money will be allocated to council tax accounts which meet the correct criteria.

To be eligible for the scheme, the person concerned must be:
  • liable to pay council tax in respect of a chargeable
  • dwelling which was their sole or main residence on November 1, 2009
  • one of the persons liable must have reached the age of 60 or over by November 1, 2009
  • he or she must be in receipt of partial council tax benefit as at November 1, 2009

Where two or more people are jointly liable for council tax, they will be eligible for the reduction if one or all of them meet the criteria.

Following implementation of the scheme, any money remaining from the
Welsh Assembly Government’s allocation to Cardiff will be used in conjunction with Age Concern. Both the
council and the charity are proactively encouraging take-up of benefits in pensioner households and these funds will contribute to that scheme, between November 2009 and February 2010.

Executive Member for Finance Councillor Mark Stephens said: "I am delighted
Cardiff is able to work with the Welsh Assembly Government to adopt the Pensioner Reduction Scheme.

"We are committed to giving extra help to the households most in need and the council has worked hard to ensure this is the best and most appropriate discount plan to offer."


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