Decision details

COUNCIL TAX REDUCTION SCHEME 2023/23

Decision Maker: Cabinet, Council

Decision status: For Determination

Is Key decision?: Yes

Is subject to call in?: No

Purpose:

To consider changes to the Council Tax Reduction Scheme for 2023/2024

Decision:

RESOLVED:

 

(1)  That Cabinet noted that a full review of the Council Tax Reduction Scheme is well underway and that consultation with the public and Major Precepting Authorities will run for six weeks from 14 September 2022.

 

(2)  That Cabinet noted the progress made so far on the review and that the intention is to introduce a new banded scheme for working age applicants from 01 April 2023.

 

(3)  That Cabinet noted the aim of the review is to introduce a new scheme that will:

a.    enable us to increase the overall level of support for the lowest income households;

b.    reduce the administrative burden placed on the Council following the introduction of Universal Credit whilst also;

c.     make the scheme easier for our customers to understand and calculate entitlement.

 

(4)  That Cabinet noted that modelling the new scheme may increase the costs from those of the current scheme, any increase will be split between the Council and its Major Precepting Authorities. The Councils share will be 12.5%.

 

REASONS FOR DECISIONS: To ensure that the Council has a fit for purpose Council Tax Reduction Scheme that:

a.    Provides the greatest support to the lowest income households.

b.    Reduces the administrative burden that has been placed on the Council since the introduction of Universal Credit (UC).

c.     Is simple to understand, meaning that customers will be able to calculate entitlement and assess the impact of potential changes in circumstances.

Report author: Jo Dufficy

Publication date: 15/09/2022

Date of decision: 13/09/2022

Decided at meeting: 13/09/2022 - Cabinet

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