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2019/20 Council Tax Reduction Scheme Consultation

Background Information

The Council Tax Reduction Scheme (CTRS) helps the poorest residents in our communities by reducing the amount of council tax they have to pay.  The amount of help we give is based on a claimant’s financial situation. View detailed information on the current CTRS.

CTRS has been in place since April 2013. In Wyre Forest the scheme largely reflects the previous Council Tax Benefit (CTB) scheme, which was fully funded by the Department for Work and Pensions (DWP).

From April 2013 responsibility passed to the Department for Communities and Local Government (DCLG) who introduced a number of key elements namely:

  • The duty to create a local scheme for working age applicants was placed with billing authorities, i.e Wyre Forest District Council in the case of this area
  • Government funding was reduced by the equivalent of 10% from the levels paid through benefit subsidy to authorities under the previous CTB scheme
  • Persons of pension age, although allowed to apply for CTRS, would be dealt with under regulations prescribed by central government and not the council’s local scheme.

Universal Credit is being introduced throughout Wyre Forest in November 2018. We are working to redesign our CTRS. We are looking to simplify the system for applicants and make it easier to administer the scheme once Universal Credit is fully introduced.

The proposal is to replace the current means tested scheme in favour of a simple income grid model, based on ranges or bands of income.  The percentage reduction someone gets from their Council Tax bill will be based on who is living at the property and the weekly income band they fit into.  This will help avoid constant changes in discount.

Please note that any changes would affect working age applicants only. The scheme for pension age applicants is set by central government and is not affected.

Complete the survey here!

A consultation on the proposed changes will be available here from Monday 23 July 2018. It will end on Friday 28 September.

Timescale

Any decision to change the scheme must be agreed by full Council by Wednesday 12 December 2018.


 



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