Give your views on council tax in borough

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Have your say

FAREHAM Borough Council is asking people to take part in a consultation to help shape a new council tax support scheme.

The government has announced it will replace council tax benefit from April.

The council is also seeking views on options for changing the amount of council tax due from owners of second homes and empty properties in the borough.

Councillor Sean Woodward, council leader, said: ‘From April 2013, the amount of money the council will receive to support residents who are unable to pay council tax will be reduced by about 10 per cent. This means the council has to make some tough decisions.

‘If the council does not make these proposed changes it may mean that there is less money to spend on providing services to people living in the borough.’

Council officers will be able to answer questions about the proposed new scheme at Community Action Team (CAT) meetings.

To take part visit fareham.gov.uk/consultation.