MP Campaigns for Council Tax Cut to Somerset Flood Victims, CTACIC Responds Thursday 19 March 2015 PDF Print the record of flooding will mean that property values are likely to be affected, and many residents are now facing higher insurance premiums The reaction follows reports of Somerton and Frome MP, David Heath, calling for a reduction in council tax rates for those affected by the flooding last winter. Residents of Somerset who were affected by last winter’s flooding should receive a cut in their council tax payments, according to Somerton and Frome MP David Heath. Mr Heath made the suggestion in Parliament on 16th March, while Communities and Local Government Secretary, Eric Pickles, welcomed the proposal. Mr Heath claimed that many people who suffered through the flooding last year received a temporary rebate on their council tax bills, but something more needed to be done. He pointed out that the record of flooding will mean that property values are likely to be affected, and many residents are now facing higher insurance premiums. Mr Pickles encouraged householders who believe they had been affected to apply for a revaluation of their property. Mr Heath said: “The help with council tax bills I asked for last year went some of the way, but I think the changes in value ought to be permanently recognised in council tax banding, something I was discussing with a couple from the area at my advice surgery in Langport only last weekend. The response from the Secretary of State was as clear as it could be – if you think you’ve suffered in terms of the value of your property, apply for the Valuation Office Agency for a revaluation.” Council Tax Advisors CIC, a leading provider of free advice on council tax arrears and other forms of debt, takes a keen interest in stories such as this. Managing Director, Chris Richards, provided this statement: “It’s always a welcome suggestion when an MP proposes a reduction in council tax rates, and it’s something that should definitely be looked into. The residents of Somerset who had to live through the flooding last winter deserve some kind of monetary compensation for their troubles, as the effects of a flood can be long lasting.” “Council tax payments are the subject of much debate up and down the country, as residents are struggling to make the payments due to the rising cost of living. Many people feel trapped and feel like they have nowhere to turn, but help is available. Council Tax Advisors CIC provides a free service that can inform you about the next steps to take if you’re struggling with any form of debt, and our team of experts is always happy to help. Debt is a common problem in the UK but we’re here to find you a solution.” Council Tax Advisors Community Interest Company (CIC) is a not-for-profit organisation offering free and independent advice and resolution services to those in council tax arrears or any other kind of debt. Formed in 2012 as a direct result of personal experiences with bailiffs, they specialise in providing advice and guidance on how best to deal with debt situations and offer long-term sustainable solutions including the organisation of repayment plans and professional mediation services. This press release was distributed by ResponseSource Press Release Wire on behalf of Council Tax Advisors in the following categories: Personal Finance, Business & Finance, Construction & Property, for more information visit http://pressreleasewire.responsesource.com/about.