Nottingham City Council claims cuts will cost it £6m
NOTTINGHAM City Council says it will cost £6 million to implement £12 million of cuts.
From April the Government is scrapping council tax benefit and instead all councils will have to introduce a support system of their own.
The council has said it will cut £12m from council tax support over the next two years. But it has estimated that to set up new arrangements and run the new scheme for two years, will cost £6.2m.
Deputy leader Councillor Graham Chapman said: "These Government welfare reforms are going to have a devastating impact. Not only that, their introduction is costing council tax payers £6.2m to inflict £12m cuts.
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"That's due to things like having to collect small amounts of money from more people, bringing extra administrative costs, the need for new computer software, and hiring more staff such as rent collectors and bailiffs."