Monthly Archives: October 2012

Council Tax Benefit consultation closes today

Council Tax Benefit is changing. Councils now have to set up new schemes – with 10% less money from the Government. In addition, the government has restricted the options available to Councils when devising the new arrangements (thus undermining its proclaimed commitment to ‘localism’). This is putting Councils in a difficult position. Reigate & Banstead […]

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Questions, questions, questions…

At last week’s Borough Council meeting, in response to a question from Cllr Essex, the Council announced that, in future, questions asked at Council meetings by Councillors and members of the public will be published on the Council’s website, along with the answers drafted by Council officers. This is a big step forward for local […]

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A fourth betting shop for Redhill? Update

Thank you to everyone who has contacted me about the betting shop issue. Many residents and local shopkeepers are unhappy at the prospect of a fourth betting shop opening in our town centre. I’m glad to say that Conservative councillors support us on this issue too. However, having discussed the issue with planning officers,  councillors, […]

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Council tax benefit changes: have your say

Reigate and Banstead Council is asking for local people’s views on changes to Council Tax benefits . The consultation is happening because the Government has decided to scrap the current Council Tax Benefit scheme as part of its wider welfare cuts. This means that local authorities like ours are having to design their own schemes […]

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Redhill Councillor debates Green Belt and housing policy on BBC Any Questions

When BBC Radio 4’s discussion show Any Questions was recorded in Bletchingley this week, local Green Councillor Jonathan Essex was one of the handful of people picked to put a question to the panel. This week, the panel consisted of three MPs: Michael Fallon (Conservative, Sevenoaks), Sadiq Khan (Labour, Tooting) and Tom Brake (Lib Dem, […]

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