Council bosses have renewed their appeal for residents to take part in a consultation on proposals to increase council tax.
Thousands of Hyndburn’s poorest people could be hit with a 35 per cent - £74 a year - hike in council tax by plans to cut the level of Council Tax Support (CTS).
Hyndburn council has said that maintaining the current level of CTS at 80 per cent in the face of continuing government funding reductions is unsustainable.
Public consultation is being sought on three options: raising council tax rates for everyone, cutting or reducing other services and, the council’s preferred option, reducing maximum support levels for working age council tax support claimants from 80 to 73 per cent.
Coun Miles Parkinson, Hyndburn council leader, said: “If you haven’t already, please take this chance to have your say about the how the council should fund Council Tax Support from next April.
“These are difficult decisions and we want all Hyndburn residents to have your say and let us know which of the three options you think is best.
Coun Parkinson added: “The background to this is that in 2013 the Government abolished Council Tax Benefit and reduced the funding available to local councils to fund its replacement, Council Tax Support.
“Here in Hyndburn, after an extensive public consultation, we asked working age Council Tax Support claimants to pay a minimum contribution of 20 per cent towards their council tax bill.
“Next year the council faces even further reduced funding from Government, so along with many other councils, we must now have to decide how to fund our Council Tax Support scheme from 2016 and need to know which option local residents would prefer.”
If the preferred option is introduced it would take the hike in bills of the worst off claimants since the abolition of Council Tax Benefit in 2013 to over £280 a year.
Pension age benefit claimants, which from April 2016 includes anyone who is over the age of 63, will be unaffected.
The consultation will run until Sunday, November 29. The results of the consultation will be published in December.
Visit the Hyndburn council website, email firstname.lastname@example.org or call 01254 388111 to request a questionnaire or complete it over the phone.