Important Reminders

Shropshire VCSA: Translating the Civil Society Strategy into local action
A facilitated workshop: 9.15am to 12.30pm Monday 11th February 2019
Council Chamber, Shirehall, Abbey Foregate, Shrewsbury
Find the invitation here: Shropshire VCSA – Civil Society Workshop
Please book your place here.
If you have any questions, please contact:
Email: vcsassembly@shropshire.gov.uk
Telephone: 01743 258519

Unspent foreign coins in your purse or in your drawer?
Please pass them onto Shropshire RCC!
Please donate any foreign currency to Shropshire RCC who can turn it into cash to support disadvantaged and vulnerable people across Shropshire. You can take it to the RCC offices on Shrewsbury Business Park, or telephone to arrange for someone to collect it from you.
Community Council of Shropshire, 4 The Creative Quarter, Shrewsbury Business Park, Shrewsbury, SY2 6LG
Tel: 01743 360641
Email: info@shropshire-rcc.org.uk

Council Tax Support Consultation – Closes Tomorrow
The former national Council Tax Benefit Scheme was abolished on 31 March 2013 and replaced with a new system of localised council tax support. This requires each billing authority to design and implement its own scheme for awarding council tax discounts to working age customers on low incomes, while accommodating a 10% reduction in government funding. Shropshire went live for the universal credit full service in May 2018. The severe disability premium doesn’t exist in universal credit. Employment and support allowance doesn’t form part of universal credit. This means that claimants who have moved into universal credit who would otherwise have been exempt from the 20% minimum payment won’t be exempt. So there is a need to review the current policy. Citizens Advice Shropshire has been calling on Shropshire Council to introduce consistency for Employment and Suppport Allowance (ESA) claimants and Universal Credit claimants in their Council Tax Support Scheme exemptions. This will ensure that the most vulnerable people who are sick or disabled are protected from paying, regardless of which benefit (ESA vs Universal Credit) they receive.
Find out more here: Council Tax Support Consultation
Email: mailto:benefits@shropshire.gov.uk
Consultation closes: 11th December

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