Proposed Changes to Council Tax Scheme 2022

Closed 10 Dec 2021

Opened 17 Sep 2021

Overview

Presently, Council Tax Support is assessed and awarded as part of an application for Housing Benefit. Since the introduction of Universal Credit, the traditional link between Housing Benefit and the Council Tax Support no longer exists. The Council are now proposing that Council Tax scheme is changed so that the discount is applied fairly and consistently for those who qualify for Council Tax support.

The proposal the Council are consulting on means that working age residents who are receiving Council Tax Support (CTS) will see a difference in how their CTS is calculated.  Some might have to pay more Council Tax because the amount of CTS they receive will reduce.

Please see  Proposed Council Tax Scheme 2022 for more information. 

What is the Council Tax Support scheme consultation about?

We are consulting with you because the Council.

  • Want to change the way we calculate how much Council Tax Support we give working age residents.
  • Want to make our scheme simpler to understand.
  • Want a new scheme that is fairer.

Our purpose for consulting with you is to change the CTS scheme for working age residents so that it can:

  • Be transparent.
  • Be easier to understand.
  • Make the application process as simple as possible.
  • Be more efficient to administer.
  • Allow us to make quicker decisions.
  • Reduce the need for residents to submit evidence for small changes in income - for example people on zero hour contracts whose weekly income fluctuates by relatively small amounts.
  • Prepare the Council for when all our housing benefit claims migrate to Universal Credit. The Department for Work and Pensions has delayed the implementation date for full migration because of the pandemic.  A new date is yet to be decided.
  • Reduce the overall cost of the CTS scheme.

What happens next

Thank you for your interest, this consultation is now closed. 

We will collate and analyse the feedback received. This analysis will be considered by the Elected Members as part of their decision making. A final decision is expected next year. The consultation feedback report and final report to the Elected Members will be published on the website. A hard copy of the information will be made available on request.

Areas

  • All Areas