Between July and September 2016 we sought residents' views on the future of our Council Tax support scheme.

Options will be considered for how much Council Tax discount should be given to households with low income and residents were asked for their opinions.

This comes after the council's most recent budget consultation showed more than 77 per cent of residents responding would support reductions in the amount of Council Tax support being offered.

Running the Council Tax support scheme in Portsmouth costs more than £12m a year. Since the government passed responsibility for Council Tax support to local authorities in 2013 there have been reductions in funding and this has resulted in the council currently making up a £1.7m shortfall every year.

This is at a time when, as with all councils, there is considerable pressure on budgets. In the next three financial years the council needs to save £24m from around £117m of net controllable spend, in addition to £86m of savings already made in the last six years.

Cllr Luke Stubbs, Deputy Leader of Portsmouth City Council, said: "We are reviewing the level of Council Tax support we provide and want people's opinions on the options being considered. If we don't change the current scheme we will either have to make bigger savings than currently planned to other services across the city or bring in a considerable Council Tax increase for every home in the city. We want to know what people think is the fairest way to balance the requirement for savings while still providing support to those that are most in need."