Consultation on proposed changes to the Council Tax Reduction Scheme 2021

Closes 2 Nov 2020

Opened 1 Sep 2020

Overview

If you're on a low income, you may be entitled to some help towards paying your council tax. This is called Council Tax Reduction and the amount of council tax you have to pay is reduced. Pensioners remained protected by government regulation from the minimum payment and the proposals we are putting forward in this consultation do not apply to pension age households. We’re are now proposing three more changes to the existing council tax reduction scheme for working-age people that will take effect from April 2021.

Why We Are Consulting

Due to the COVID–19 pandemic the council has been forced to consider changes to services to enable it to balance its budget in 2021. A change to the largest discretionary expenditure the council gives to support residents to pay their council tax is being considered. This is a change to the council tax reduction (CTR) scheme for the year starting April 2021. Proposed change 1 - The number of excess income ranges changing from six to four. Proposed change 2 - Excess income above the applicable amount in the highest excess income range is proposed to change from £80 to £50 per week. Proposed change 3 - The level of support given in the excess income ranges is changing. The council is proposing to increase the level of support given to households without children or disability or carer responsibilities in excess income range 1 from 75% to 80%. Other households support levels in excess income range 1 will go down from 90% to 80%, in excess income range 2 will go down from 70% to 60% and in excess income range 4 will go down from 15% to 0%. Households with a disabled resident or carer that fall into excess income range 4 will remain the same at 15% support. Please complete the survey, it will take between 5 and 10 minutes of your time.

We’d like your views before we finally decide. Whilst pensioners are not affected by these proposals your views are also welcomed.

Areas

  • All Areas

Audiences

  • Anyone from any background

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