Swanley Town Council provides a variety of recreation, social and other facilities for the benefit of residents and people who work in and visit the Parish area, working in partnership with other Councils and agencies to promote and deliver local services.
Swanley lies at the northernmost point of the area of Sevenoaks District Council and also within the administrative area of Kent County Council.
Swanley Town Council came into existence in 1974 and though unlike the County and District Council, it has few statutory duties (things that have to be done) it does have many powers (things that can be done). The Town Council seeks to exercise its powers for the benefit of the community of Swanley and Swanley Village.
There are four wards in the town, which are Christchurch, St Mary’s and Whiteoak wards in Swanley as well a ward in Swanley Village. The Town Council provides a variety of recreation, social and other facilities for the benefit of residents and people who work in and visit the Parish area, working in partnership with other Councils and agencies to promote and deliver local services. The Town Council owns around 150 acres of parks and open spaces, including the principal parks of Swanley Park and St Mary’s Recreation.
Caring For Our Community
Working together with the people of Swanley, Swanley Village and other local providers to develop caring, quality services for the changing needs of the community at an affordable cost, Swanley Town.
Council is committed to ensuring the Swanley Parish remains a vibrant and attractive place in which to live and work
18 July 2016
For Immediate Release
Council Tax Reduction scheme review – we want your views!
Residents are being asked for their views on proposed changes to a scheme that helps working age people on low incomes pay their Council Tax.
Sevenoaks District Council, and the other local public sector organisations funded by Council Tax, are reviewing the District’s Council Tax Reduction scheme, which provides a council tax discount for working-age people on low incomes.
The discount depends on a claimant’s circumstance, income and savings.
The review is being carried out as the Government is reducing the money available to fund the scheme.
Several options are under consideration. The main proposal is to reduce the maximum discount available from 81½ % to 80%. This will affect all 3,000 applicants and would mean they will have to pay, on average, 31p a week more towards their Council Tax.
The consultation runs from 18 July until 11 September 2016 and residents can comment on line at www.sevenoaks.gov.uk/ctsurvey or they can call Sevenoaks District Council on 01732 227000 to request a paper copy of the survey. The online survey includes a short video to explain more about Council Tax support.
Cllr Tony Searles, Sevenoaks District Council’s Cabinet Member for Finance says: says: “This consultation is to address potential shortfalls in funding due to the continued reduction in Central Government grants. Regrettably we have no choice but to reduce the cost of our scheme in line with the reduction in Government funding.
“However we recognise that some applicants in receipt of Council Tax Reduction may experience severe financial hardship. Whilst this would cost more, we are proposing to introduce a scheme that will target financial support to those most in need.
“I urge all residents to get involved before we reach a decision.”
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