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Council Tax Support Scheme Consultation

Area of Consultation: Advice, benefits and council tax

  • Start:Sep 09, 2019
  • End:Oct 27, 2019
  • Reference number:49
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Consultation Results:

Final result from Council Tax Support Scheme Consultation for April 2020.

Consultation Summary:

The council is consulting on whether we should significantly change the Council Tax Support scheme from 1 April 2020, to better target support to those most in need. In line with legislation, we have a duty to consult you and provide you with the opportunity to comment on our proposals. 

 

Background:

In April 2013 Council Tax Benefit was replaced by Council Tax Support.  Council Tax Benefit was funded by the Department for Work and Pensions and supported people on low incomes by reducing the amount of Council Tax they have to pay. Council Tax Support schemes are now funded by councils.

A separate Central Government scheme is retained for people of pension age and councils are only able to vary their schemes for people of working age.

Each council is required to review their scheme each year and decide if they want to make any changes. Before any changes can be implemented, they must carry out a public consultation.

Purpose:

We are proposing to change the current Council Tax Support scheme to better target support to those most in need.

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