Some of the most vulnerable members of the community are set to receive increased assistance, after the council last night agreed to extend its Local Council Tax Support (LCTS) scheme for another year.

The LCTS is managed by the council and provides support payments to people on low incomes to help with their council tax bill.

The decision means one of the most generous schemes of its kind in the county will continue to provide a reduction in council tax liability for eligible residents who need additional financial support – increasing the maximum level of support for working age applicants from 80% to 85%.

The move follows a consultation period, late last year, which invited residents to comment on their priorities for how the council should distribute LCTS to those most in need. With the focus on the cost-of-living crisis its number one priority, the council was keen to hear the views of everyone in the city paying council tax, residents with a low income who receive LCTS, and other interested organisations.

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