Council Tax Reduction 2023-24

Each year the Council has to decide whether to continue with, replace or revise its Council Tax Reduction scheme for working age applicants in its area.

 

This year the Council has decided that changes need to be made due to the cost of living crisis, which is putting pressure on household budgets. We recognise that the scheme needs to provide as much support as possible to those most in need.  

What is Council Tax Reduction?

Council Tax Reduction is a discount for council tax available to people on a low income. The amount of discount that you receive is based on your household income.

 

At the moment,  the maximum discount for pension age households is 100% and working age households 85% of their council tax bill. 

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Why is a change to the scheme being proposed?

Councils have to review their local Council Tax Reduction schemes every year, and decide if they want to make any changes.

 

If a council does decide to make changes, these must be subject to public consultation. 

We are proposing a number of changes to our existing scheme. We have a duty to consult residents and other interested parties, so that they have the chance to tell us their views on the proposed scheme.

What are the proposed changes?

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The main changes that we are proposing are:

  • Retain the maximum 85% reduction for working age residents who receive certain benefits
     

  • Uplift some income bands by 20% to provide additional support for residents
     

  • Introduce a standard earnings disregard of £25.00
     

  • Adjust the income calculation for self-employed residents who receive carers allowance, personal independence payments and disability living allowance.

How can I have my say?

To read more details about the scheme, and send us any comments, please use the button below to complete the questionnaire.

The consultation will run until midnight on Sunday 27 November 2022.

We will listen to what you tell us and take the responses into consideration when we make a final decision on the 2023/24 scheme. The results of the consultation will be available on our website.