Horsham Liberal Democrats call for budget changes to help struggling families hit by the cost of living crisis

Liberal Democrat Councillors on Horsham District Council (HDC) are calling on the Conservative majority to reverse their decision to scrap the council tax discretionary discount in the budget when it comes to council on Wednesday.

Louise Potter, Leader of the Liberal Democrats on HDC says:

“This discount has been a lifeline to Horsham’s residents in the last two years, who have been hit hard by the pandemic.  With the unprecedented cost of living crisis now upon us, now is not the time to be withdrawing this support.”

The discretionary discount has enabled the Council to wipe out the council tax charge for those qualify for the government’s Council Tax Reduction scheme, but who were still left with a residual bill of up to £150.  Over 3,000 households were helped over the last two years and it is projected a similar amount would qualify next year. 

Martin Boffey, Shadow Cabinet Member for Finance says:

“Energy bills are going through the roof, forcing families in our community to choose between eating and heating, but all the Conservative government is doing is clobbering people with an unfair tax hike and spreading the pain over the coming years.  Given HDC has a surplus of £1.5m this year, and a projected surplus of £0.7m next year, this is an affordable and deliverable measure which will help those of our residents who are most in need.”

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