Reading Borough Council has opened two consultations on proposed changes to council tax – one affecting levels for properties qualifying for discounts and the other changing levels of council tax relief.
It is proposed that the council tax discount scheme will be removed for many empty properties, so that owners would have to pay full council tax on them when unoccupied. The council tax relief changes affect the qualifying criteria and maximum level of benefit available.
Everyone who lives, works or studies in the borough of Reading is welcome to comment on these consultations, regardless of whether they are affected by the changes.
Details and online response forms at https://consult.reading.gov.uk/. The deadline for comments is 28 December 2016.
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