Local Council Tax Reduction Scheme - proposed changes for 2015/16

The council is consulting on making some changes to the council tax reduction scheme that will be introduced from April 2015 and it is important that you have your say.

The changes will not affect people who are of pension credit age.

Further information about our local council tax reduction scheme and a copy of the current scheme is available from our website:  

What is the local council tax reduction scheme?

In April 2013, council tax benefit was replaced by a local council tax reduction scheme. People who are entitled to council tax reduction get money off their council tax bills.  Under the old council tax benefit the council received 100% grant from the government to cover the cost of the scheme. Under the current council tax reduction scheme there is a shortfall in funding.

We want to consult with you about making some changes to the income band scheme and protected vulnerable groups from April 2015.  All other aspects of the current scheme are proposed to remain the same.

Option 1

Reduce the number of income bands to 6 from 8 and change the band upper and lower income limits.  This addresses the issue that the current LCTR scheme disproportionately grants a higher percentage of reduction to those on high incomes, it increases income band 1 to up to £80 incorporating the level of Job Seekers Allowance (Contribution Based) and flattens the percentage discount over the intermediate bands

Option 2

Reduce the number of income bands to 5 from 8 altering the upper and lower limits. This addresses the issue that the current LCTR scheme disproportionately grants a higher percentage of reduction to high incomes, it increases income band 1 to up to £100 incorporating the level of JSA (CB) and flattens the percentage discount over the intermediate bands.

Protection for vulnerable groups

Those recipients who would have triggered a disability premium under the old scheme rules are protected from the full impact of the current scheme and South Gloucestershire Council has no intention to change this.

However we are consulting on whether young adults leaving care who have a liability to pay Council Tax and are eligible for Local Council Tax Reduction should also be protected from the full impact of the scheme and receive the maximum discount for a period of time to be agreed.

Find out more and have your say

The consultation is open from 11 August until 22 September 2014.

Further information is available in our consultation document

You can find out further information or comment on this consultation by:

A thorough Equality Impact Assessment (EIA) was undertaken on the scheme last year. The changes proposed are likely to have the following impacts: more residents on low incomes would be able to receive the maximum 80% discount and a wider range of vulnerable people will receive greater protection. The EIA will be amended as a result of this consultation and prior to the final schemes approval.

This consultation has now closed and we are analysing the results, which will be published here in due course.

Timeline

  • Opened
    11 Aug 2014 at 00:00
  • Closed
    22 Sep 2014 at 23:59

Documents

Details

Consultation Topic
  • Spending and budget
Geographical area
  • Almondsbury
  • Bitton
  • Boyd Valley
  • Bradley Stoke Central and Stoke Lodge
  • Bradley Stoke North
  • Bradley Stoke South
  • Charfield
  • Chipping Sodbury
  • Cotswold Edge
  • Dodington
  • Downend
  • Emersons Green
  • Filton
  • Frampton Cotterell
  • Frenchay and Stoke Park
  • Hanham
  • Kings Chase
  • Ladden Brook
  • Longwell Green
  • Oldland Common
  • Parkwall
  • Patchway
  • Pilning and Severn Beach
  • Rodway
  • Severn
  • Siston
  • Staple Hill
  • Stoke Gifford
  • Thornbury North
  • Thornbury South and Alveston
  • Westerleigh
  • Winterbourne
  • Woodstock
  • Yate Central
  • Yate North
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Target Audience
  • Councillors / MPs / MEPs
  • General public
  • Service users
  • Staff
  • Town and Parish Councils
  • Voluntary and community groups / organisations
Contact Details

You can find out further information or comment on this consultation by:

Email: consultation@southglos.gov.uk

Write to: FREEPOST RTCT-JXLE-EET, South Gloucestershire Council, Corporate Research and Consultation Team, Council Tax changes consultation, Civic Centre, High Street, Kingswood, BRISTOL, BS15 9TR

Phone: 01454 868002