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Rossendale council looks to shave £600,000 off benefits bill
7:00am Tuesday 3rd July 2012 in Rossendale
A PUBLIC consultation has been launched as councillors in Rossendale look to shave £600,000 off their council tax benefits bill.
Next April will see the borough, among others, assume control for the administration of the state handout.
But Whitehall officials have insisted savings of 10 per cent must be achieved – and pensioners’ payouts must be protected.
Views are being sought by the Labour authority by October 31 on where the axe should fall.
Coun Christine Lamb, cabinet member for operational services, said: “The only people who will benefit from this will be baliffs.”
But Coun Darryl Smith, Conservative group leader, said: “I think this is a splendid way of seeing the localism agenda in action.”
The only pitfall with the Government’s scheme was the £26,000 overall benefits cap set was ‘far too high’, he added.
Neighbouring Burnley is using repayments from the Icelandic banking crisis to meet its shortfall.
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