Council Tax Support Scheme 2013 consultation

Council Tax Support is the system under which councils give discounts on Council Tax bills to help people who meet certain criteria, mainly based on low income. This used to be called Council Tax Benefit.

The benefits system, along with government funding for it, has changed over the last few years. This means that we now have to take steps to change the way we provide services, including how much we pay in Council Tax Support, the system under which councils give discounts on Council Tax bills to help people who meet certain criteria, mainly based on low income.

These changes came into effect from 1 April 2014.  The changes only affect working age people who claim Council Tax Support. None of the changes affect pensioners.

Before introducing the changes we consulted We are running this consultation in two phases.

Phase 1:

We identified a range of changes we could make to our existing Council Tax Support scheme in order to meet our savings targets. We sought resident's views, to identify which changes were most supported.

This consultation ran between 8 August and 19 September 2013. We used the results of this first phase to make a decision on what changes should be made to the Council Tax Support Scheme. We then consulted on our proposed scheme in the second phase.

Phase 2:

Using the results of the first phase of the consultation, we proposed changes to our existing Council Tax Support scheme and sought the views of residents on the overall scheme.

This consultation closed on 19 November 2013. The results of this second phase showed a strong support for our proposed scheme. The final proposals for the new Council Tax Support scheme were considered by Council in February.  We introduced the new Council Tax Support scheme on 1 April 2014.