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Epping Forest District Council

Event 

Title:
Local Council Tax Support Scheme for 2017 and 2018
When:
15.08.2016 - 16.10.2016 
Where:
District Wide
Category:
Benefits Consultations

Description

Local Council Tax Support scheme for 2017/18


Your views are important to us. You do not have to be receiving Local Council Tax Support to contribute to this consultation.

Local Council Tax Support is a scheme that helps people in financial need to pay their Council Tax liability. The scheme has to be designed and run by each Council and a review is carried out annually to see whether any changes should be made to the scheme. The Council gets a grant from the Government to pay the Local Council Tax Support, but that grant is reducing each year. If we spend more than the grant, the Council has to decide how to pay for the amount of Local Council Tax Support that is paid in excess of the grant. We therefore need your views on how the Council should fund the shortfall. It is important that we have the views of local residents whether they receive any Local Council Tax Support or not, as it could affect the amount of Council Tax that you have to pay, or it could mean that we have to cut services that you use.

People of pension age have been protected by the Government and they have their own scheme for Local Council Tax Support. However, for people of working age, the Council has had to design a scheme for them that is less generous than the scheme for pensioners. The current scheme for working age people is similar to the scheme for pensioners but with the following main changes:

  • The maximum Local Council Tax Support is 75% of the Council Tax liability
  • People living in E,F,G, or H band properties are restricted to the level of a band D property
  • The capital limit is £6,000

These changes were introduced to try to reduce the cost to Council Tax payers in the District.

Whilst the Council would prefer not to make changes to the Local Council Tax Support scheme for 2017/18, with the changes that the Government is introducing to other welfare benefits, and the reduction in funding from the Government, it will be necessary for the Council to decide how to fund the cost of the Local Council Tax Support scheme for 2017/18. This means that we may need to make changes to the scheme in order to reduce the cost of the scheme or we may have to look at alternatives such as increasing the Council Tax or cutting services.

Epping Forest District Council has now started the consultation process for the 2017/18 scheme, and an on-line questionnaire is available until 16 October 2016. We need your views before we can make any changes to the scheme and would therefore ask you to complete the brief questionnaire by following this link www.eppingforestdc.gov.uk/lcts

If you want to make a detailed reply or comments, you should email us via the following address benefits@eppingforestdc.gov.uk and enter ‘consultation’ in the subject heading. If you do not have access to a computer, you can request a paper copy from the Benefits Division at the Civic Offices. Unfortunately, we will not be able to respond individually to each response. The results of the consultation will be presented to Councillors in December 2016 and they will decide whether to make any changes to the scheme for 2017/18.

If you want to read the Local Council Tax Support scheme for 2016/17, please visit the Council Tax Support section on our website where the scheme documents are available.

Venue

Venue:
Benefits
City:
District Wide

Description

This is a consultation exercise covering the whole district.