Council Tax Support Scheme consultation
We are asking for your views on our proposed Council Tax Support (CTS) Scheme for 2021/22. Each year, the Council has to decide whether to change the local Council Tax Support Scheme for working age applicants in the area.
Pensioners are not affected by changes made to the local scheme, as the rules for applicants of pension age continue to be set by central Government. Pensioners can continue to get up to 100 percent discount on their Council Tax.
Our scheme for working age applicants is based broadly on the following principles:
- it protects those of pension age and working age who are in receipt of war pensions
- it is means-tested and allows for vulnerability within the calculation
- the maximum support available to working age applicants is 70 percent, meaning that all working age households have to pay at least 30 percent towards their council tax.
The current overall cost of the scheme is around £4.3 million. We pay Council Tax Support to around 2,380 working age households.
We are proposing to keep the main characteristics of our Council Tax Support Scheme the same for 2021/22, as it is in 2020/21, whilst also:
- uprating and harmonising our scheme for working age claimants, in-line with the DWP provisions for Housing Benefit. This will apply to all CTS claimants and will keep the local Council Tax Support scheme aligned with national welfare provisions
- extending the backdating provisions for working age claimants from one month, to three months.
Due to the impact of COVID-19, we are helping more residents this year with Council Tax Support, and therefore the cost of the scheme is increasing. We feel that retaining the main characteristics of the current scheme will provide consistency for claimants at a time when they might be facing other personal and financial changes and challenges as a result of the coronavirus pandemic.
Please visit our online consultation survey to submit your views:
The consultation opened on Wednesday 23 September 2020 and will close at 5pm on Friday 20 November 2020.