Views wanted on Council Tax support changes
We are proposing changes to the Council Tax Reduction Scheme, which if agreed, would come into effect from April 2019.
We want to make the scheme as simple and effective as we can and ensure that people in greatest need receive the support required to help them.
Changes proposed include:
- Introducing income bands so that we can apply a flat rate percentage discount to each banding ensuring those on lowest income receive the maximum amount of council tax support available.
- Excluding all child maintenance payments when we calculate a persons’ weekly income.
Proposed changes will not impact on those in vulnerable groups or those in receipt of a state pension.
The deadline for commenting is midnight on Friday 9 November 2018.
Comment on Council Tax support changes
The Council Tax Reduction Scheme was introduced in April 2013, replacing Council Tax benefits and is part of the Government’s major overhaul of the welfare system.
It supports working age people on low incomes by reducing their Council Tax payments.
Following the consultation, a report will be considered by councillors before a decision is made.