Decision details

Local Council Tax Support Scheme 2018/19

Decision Maker: Cabinet, Council

Decision status: Recommendations approved

Is Key decision?: Yes

Is subject to call in?: No


Review of the Scheme for 2018/19:


1…Consider amendments.


2…Finalise Scheme.


3…Approve Scheme.


(1)       That a public consultation exercise on the Local Council Tax Support Scheme for 2018/19 be undertaken between August and October 2017; and


(2)       That the following elements of the scheme be approved for consultation purposes:


(a)       the acceptance of the general principle that the Local Council Tax Support Scheme for 2017/18 should aim to be cost neutral for the Council;


(b)       to seek views on alternative funding options for the Local Council Tax Support Scheme, if the Scheme is not cost neutral;


(c)       the disregard of Bereavement Support Payment in the calculation in line with other welfare reforms;


(d)       the introduction of technical changes relating to the assessment of Universal Credit income to allow for Local Council Tax Support to be awarded for a fixed period of six months before a review is undertaken; and


(e)       a revision to the scheme in order to prevent an excess Council Tax discount being awarded, that would enable the Council, where appropriate, to decide the income to use in the calculation irrespective of any notification from the Secretary of State for Work and Pensions.

Report author: Janet Twinn

Publication date: 13/07/2017

Date of decision: 11/07/2017

Decided at meeting: 11/07/2017 - Cabinet

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