Still time for residents to share their views on Council Tax Support Scheme

Posted on 23 October 2019

There is still time for residents to feedback on South Holland District Council's Council Tax Support Scheme for 2020/21, with the annual online consultation running until Friday 8 November.

Every year the council has to decide whether to change the local Council Tax Support scheme for working age applicants in the area, and are looking for feedback on whether the changes best reflect the demands and needs of the district. Pensioners are not affected by changes made to the local scheme as the rules for applicants of pension age continues to be set by Central Government.

The current support scheme costs around £4 million a year, with over 2,000 working age households across South Holland receiving some level of support.

Last year's consultation saw the introduction of a new class of support for young people leaving care in South Holland, providing them with a council tax bill discount of up to 100%.

This year's scheme proposes to keep the main characteristics of the existing Support Scheme in place for 2020/21, whilst also:

  • Uprating and harmonising the scheme for working age claimants in-line with the DWP provisions for Housing Benefit, keeping the scheme aligned with national welfare provisions.
  • Introducing a link to the awarding of Universal Credit, removing the need for customers to make a separate application for Council Tax Support, making it easier for working-age people on Universal Credit to also apply for Council Tax Support.
  • Introducing a tolerance rule for Universal Credit customer change in earnings, simplifying what happens to Council Tax Support when Universal Credit customer earnings change by small amounts.

All views are welcome and the survey should take no longer than five minutes to complete. Residents can feedback on the scheme by visiting www.surveymonkey.co.uk/r/CouncilTax2019. The consultation will be open until 5pm on Friday 8 November 2019.

Council Tax Support Scheme