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£3 Million Unclaimed!
A whopping £3 million in Council Tax Benefit could go unclaimed every year in the Stroud District, according to Government estimates.
Most people would be shocked to find out that more than 40% of pensioners who are entitled to help with their Council Tax are unaware of it. More importantly it's thought that half of those "missing out" are in the poorest fifth of the population.
"We are concerned about this," says David Wride, Stroud District Council's Cabinet Member for Resources. "People on a low income don't have to struggle financially. Help is on offer and they are entitled to claim it." The Council is keen that people should check if they might be entitled by calling its benefit team on 01453 754054, or visiting the special on-line benefit calculator at www.stroud.gov.uk/howmuch
As many as three million people across the UK are not claiming what is rightfully theirs. Benefits Minister James Plaskitt said: "We encourage people to tell their friends and family about Council tax benefit and urge them to contact their local authority to find out what they are entitled to. We are determined to raise awareness that many people could see their Council Tax bill reduced or even paid in full."
: 03/04/2007 23:18:04
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