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Cuts to council tax benefit - Manchester city council 

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Thousands of Manchester’s poorest families are facing bigger council tax bills because of a decision approved by town hall chiefs.

Bosses have given the green light to plans to cap the level of support they give householders in a bid to claw back £6m.

This will mean a cut of at least 15 per cent in council tax benefit for working age adults, affecting 23 per cent of the city, amounting to £5 million each year. A consultation will run from 26 July to 28 September

It comes after the government announced it was scrapping council tax benefit from next year, and letting councils replace it with locally-run systems.

The changes mean everyone in Manchester will have to pay at least 15 per cent of their council tax bills from next year – at the moment some people’s bills are 100 per cent paid by benefit.

The decision will hit up to 71,000 households in the city who get government benefit. Manchester council’s executive committee has endorsed the plans.

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