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Two more years for Wales council tax support

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The Welsh Government has announced it is to continue funding council tax support for a further two years.

The Labour administration provided £22m in 2013-14 and 2014-15 to compensate those who would otherwise have had to pay council tax for the first time following abolition of the UK support scheme, formerly known as council tax benefit.

More than 500,000 households had benefited from this, local government minister Lesley Griffiths said.

She said extending the support for two more years would “help to offset some of the impacts of welfare reform in Wales.”

She added: “Protecting the most vulnerable individuals in Wales is a top priority for this government.

“This is why we took action to maintain entitlements to council tax support in Wales despite a significant shortfall in funding.”

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