Council Tax Reduction Scheme 2019/20
Decision Maker: Cabinet
Decision status: Recommendations Approved
Is Key decision?: Yes
Is subject to call in?: No
To seek approval for revised Council Tax Reduction Scheme effective from 1 April 2019
The Assistant Director, Financial Services and Revenues, presented a report which sought member approval for the proposed council tax support scheme 2019/20.
Local authorities are required to adopt their own local council tax support schemes each year. The local scheme rules only apply to working age customers. The grant funding for the council tax support scheme is included within the revenue support grant and retained business rates.
When designing the scheme it is important to strike a balance between protecting those on low incomes and maintaining essential services. A public consultation was undertaken and comments were received from voluntary sector organisations.
The report recommended an option which delivered a scheme that is financially sustainable and minimised the impact on the majority of residents.
Councillor Rogers proposed approval of the recommendations of the Assistant Director, Financial Services and Revenues report. This was seconded by Councillor Batsford.
RESOLVED (unanimously) that:
1. Cabinet recommend to full Council that the preferred option in respect of the working age CTRS for 2019/20, is option 3.
2. To authorise the Assistant Director, Financial Services and Revenues to uprate allowances, as required, when announced by the Government, and any relevant changes to the Prescribed Regulations.
3. To approve the Council Tax Discretionary Reduction in Liability Policy for future years
The reason for this decision was:
The local authority is required to approve a Council Tax Reduction Scheme in respect of 2019/20 by 11 March 2019.
The recommended option retains 100% support for those most in need and at a total cost that is estimated to be similar to that of 2018/19.
Report author: Jean Saxby
Publication date: 10/04/2019
Date of decision: 07/01/2019
Decided at meeting: 07/01/2019 - Cabinet