Council Tax Consultation
The Council is currently out to consultation on a proposed change to the Council Tax Support Scheme.
The proposed change to the scheme from 2017/18 would see the percentage contribution that working age recipients pay towards their council tax, increase from 25 to 26.5 per cent. Eligible pensioners, war widows, disabled people and a number of other groups would be exempt from paying.
As part of the Government’s welfare reforms, the national Council Tax Benefit Scheme was abolished in April 2012 and replaced by a local Council Tax Support Scheme to provide financial help towards the cost of Council Tax for low income households.
As a result of the reforms, more working age recipients of Council Tax Support are expected to pay a contribution towards their Council Tax. Pensioners and people on disability benefits are among the protected groups that are exempt from the changes and can continue to receive 100% of their Council Tax if they are eligible.
In January 2016 the Council agreed a two year scheme which retains the principle of being a fully-funded scheme. We are now seeking residents’ views on the proposal to increase the minimum contribution for working age households not in a protected group from 25% to 26.5% for the 2017/18 scheme. There are no further changes being proposed.