South Holland Council Tax Support Scheme opens for consultation

South Holland District Council has launched a new consultation to receive residents' views on the proposed Council Tax Support scheme for the year 2019/20.

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 support scheme currently costs around £4.1 million a year, with 2,264 working age households in South Holland receiving some level of support.

One of the propositions for the forthcoming year include a new class of support for young people leaving care in South Holland, providing a discount of up to 100%.

Young people leaving care constitute one of the most vulnerable groups in society, and this support would provide invaluable support on the transition towards adulthood and independence, aligning with the Government's national 'Keep on Caring' strategy.

Councillor Peter Coupland, South Holland Council Portfolio Holder for Finance, said: "As a council we are always keen to ensure that our council tax support is providing the most beneficial and effective service that it can for our residents. The opportunity to hear who and what they prioritise as areas for the scheme to focus on is invaluable as we shape it for future years.

"The introduction of a discount for care leavers would be a positive move to further demonstrate South Holland's support for developing a culture of corporate parenting. The Government, local authorities and the rest of society have a moral obligation to provide as much support as they can to help these young people, and this would provide a huge help to those impacted by it."

Residents can feedback on the scheme by visiting www.surveymonkey.co.uk/r/CouncilTaxSupportConsultation and completing the short survey. A limited number of printed copies of the will also be available from the council's Priory Road office in Spalding. The consultation will be open until 5pm on Friday 2 November 2018.