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Epping Forest District Council

Event 

Title:
Local Council Tax Support scheme for 2018/19
When:
01.08.2017 - 12.10.2017 00.00 h - 23.59 h
Category:
Benefits Consultations

Description

Local Council Tax Support Scheme Consultation

Local Council Tax Support scheme consultation

We're asking for your views on the future of our Local Council Tax Support scheme (LCTS) to see whether any changes should be made. It's important we get the views of our residents as it could affect the amount of Council Tax you pay, or the services you receive.

Complete the online questionnaire

Make a detailed reply or comments
If you want to make a detailed reply or comments, email benefits@eppingforestdc.gov.uk and enter ‘consultation’ in the subject heading. If you don’t have access to a computer, you can get a paper copy from the Benefits Division at the Civic Offices. We cannot respond individually to each response.

Let us know what you think on this important issue.

It takes just 10 minutes to complete the online questionnaire which runs until 12 October 2017. Any recommendations from this consultation will be considered by Full Council later in the year, with a view to bringing in changes from April 2018.

Government grant
The Government gives us a grant to pay Local Council Tax Support which is reducing each year, if we spend more than the grant, we have to decide how we pay for the excess.

This year, in addition to looking at how the scheme is funded, we are deciding whether changes should be made to reduce the number of different Council Tax bills that people get when they receive Universal Credit, and whether Bereavement Support Payments should be disregarded. There are also changes to the way that we treat decisions by the Department of Work and Pensions (DWP).

Generate savings
We've looked carefully at the LCTS scheme and identified potential changes which would generate savings for the council while still providing a fair level of support to those residents on a low income. We will of course continue to fully fund support for those who suffer exceptional hardship, and none of the changes would make a drastic change to the amount of council tax individuals would pay.

Read more: Local Council Tax Support Scheme Consultation