Council Tax Reduction Consultation
Published on Tuesday, 1st October 2019
Consultation about our Council Tax Reduction scheme.
Background to the consultation
What is this consultation about?
Each year the Council has to decide whether to change the Council Tax Reduction scheme for working age applicants in its area. This year the Council has decided that changes should be made to make the scheme simpler, assist low income applicants, to make it less complicated and to align certain parts with other benefits such as Universal Credit.
What is Council Tax Reduction?
Council Tax Reduction is a discount for Council Tax. The level of discount is based on the income of the household. Currently the maximum discount is 91.5% of Council Tax for working
age households and up to 100% for pensioners.
Why is a change to the Council Tax Reduction scheme being considered?
Until April 2013 there was a national scheme called Council Tax Benefit. The Government made local Councils responsible for replacement schemes from 1 April 2013. As the Council is keen to keep Council Tax Reduction aligned with major benefits such as Universal Credit to assist in administration, this means that, as those benefits change, similar changes need to be made to the Council Tax Reduction scheme. In addition, the Council is keen to reduce hardship within the area and would like to increase the level of support for available to working age applicants on the lowest income. The changes propose give the Council flexibility in dealing with claims generally
Who will this affect?
Working age households in the Borough who currently receive or will apply for Council Tax Reduction.
Pension age households will not be affected as Central Government prescribe the scheme.
We have considered continuing with the current scheme.
This would mean higher administration costs and scheme costs generally. The current reduced level of support is also affecting the lowest income families.
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