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THE public are being consulted on how to plug a £750,000 gap in council funding.

That is the reduction in cash Chichester District Council will have to balance because of government changes to the council tax benefit system.

The shake-up could affect people across the city from April next year.

It equates to 10 per cent less than the current funding and that means changes have to be made in exemptions and discounts.

The options are:

· Reducing the amount of benefit people receive;

· Making some people pay extra towards their council tax

· Changing the exemptions and level of discount on second homes, empty properties and buildings undergoing repairs.

The savings would be used to help pensioners, the vulnerable and low income households to pay their council tax.

Cllr Tony Dignum said: ‘Our priority is to protect the most vulnerable and so for the first year we intend that no existing council tax benefit claimant will be worse off as a result of the proposed new rules.’

The surveys must be completed by September 14.

To take part go to chichester.gov.uk/consultations or call 01243 534623 for a hard copy and help with completing the survey.