Views on council tax benefit change

30 Battery 16 Regiment Royal Artillery lead the annual St Georges Day parade through Emsworth town centre. Picture Ian Hargreaves (180463-23)

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LOCAL authorities want your views on upcoming changes to the council tax benefit system.

The government is replacing the system with the Council Tax Support Scheme from April 13.

It will mean an annual shortfall of 10 to 15 per cent for Havant Borough Council and East Hampshire District Council.

In Havant that amounts to £1.4m a year the council must find and in East Hampshire the figure is £870,000.

Bot authorities are asking residents to take part in a survey which will help decide how the new system will work and how to plug the gap.

There are three options on the table at Havant while at East Hampshire officers have put forward two plans.

Havant councillor Jackie Branson, said: ‘We have worked hard finding different ways to make up the funding gap in a way that protects the most vulnerable residents.

Find the Havant survey at and East Hampshire at

Surveys end on November 4.