The council is consulting on a change to its council tax support scheme. The scheme offers a means tested reduction in council tax for those on low incomes.
We want to know whether you agree or disagree that the council should reduce the minimum payment for working age claimants of council tax support by 2.5% over two years, so it will reduce by 1.5% in 2020/21 and by a further 1% in 2021/22. If you are of state pension age, you are not affected by the proposal.
A household of two or more people in a Band A property must pay £1,278.50 in council tax. If the household is on income support and can claim the full amount of council tax support, then the amount they currently pay reduces to £223.74.
Under the proposal, assuming no change in the full council tax due for Band A properties, by 2021/22 the household will pay 2.5% less i.e., the amount due will go down by £31.96 to £191.78. It is important to note that the full amount of council tax due is likely to increase from current levels in future years. If council tax rose by, for example, 3% each year, the amount payable where there was maximum eligibility for council tax support would be as follows.
|Full bill amount payable (Band A property)||£1,278.50||£1,316.86||£1,356.37|
|Council Tax Support claimant: percentage of bill payable||17.50%||16%||15%|
|Council Tax Support claimant: amount due||£223.74||£210.70||£203.46|
In order to implement the proposal, the cost to the council is estimated to be about £26,000 a year by 2021. However, the cost of this will be met by a Council Tax premium, charged on properties which have been empty long term.
Give us your view on the proposal by completing our survey here! The consultation closes on Friday 29th November 2019 at 5pm.