Caerphilly’s Labour politicians have welcomed the decision by Welsh Labour to continue with the Council Tax Reduction Scheme, which helps protect the most vulnerable people in their constituency.
Local Government Secretary Mark Drakeford has confirmed that vulnerable and low income households will continue to be supported by council tax reduction schemes in the next financial year.
The decision by the Welsh Labour Government will ensure that approximately 300,000 households in Wales will continue to be protected from any increase in their council tax liability. Of these, 220,000 will continue to pay no council tax at all.
Hefin David AM said “The Tory UK Government abolished Council Tax Benefit and devolved responsibility to the Welsh Government. Despite slashing the budget by 10%, the Welsh Labour Government and local authorities across Wales have worked together to safeguard vulnerable and low income households. This means all residents who would have been hit (as they have done in England) have been supported by the £244 million of funding through the local government settlement”.
Wayne David MP added, "I warmly welcome this decision. It is important that the Welsh Labour Government is taking this action to protect the most vulnerable. This is a good example of Labour in Wales putting its values into practice".