Give Your Views On Changes To Council Tax Support

Go straight to the consultation >>: https://www.cotswold.gov.uk/CTRS

Cotswold District Council is calling on residents to give their views on proposed changes to its Council Tax Reduction Scheme. The scheme supports working age people on low incomes by reducing their Council Tax payments.

A consultation on the changes runs until Friday 15 November and is open to all residents in the district, not just those in receipt of support. If agreed, the changes would come into effect on 1 April 2020.

Changes proposed include:

  • Introducing a new income-banded scheme to take account of different groups, from single occupants to couples and families with children.
  • Introducing an ‘extended period’ of up to eight weeks to support the transition of households whose increased income sees them move into higher banding.
  • Removal of the two-child limit to help larger families have more disposable income
  • Introducing an increase to the maximum amount of savings claimants can have, from £6,001 to £10,000.

Around 3887 households in the Cotswolds are provided with Council Tax support at an annual cost of just over £3.9 million.

Cllr Mike Evemy, Deputy Leader of Cotswold District Council and Cabinet Member for Finance, said: “This consultation is vital to understanding the views not just of those who rely on Council Tax support, but also the wider communities we serve. I’d encourage anyone who can spare a few moments to fill out the survey and help us to ensure any changes made best suit the needs of residents. Ultimately, we want to achieve a scheme that is simple to understand and effective in ensuring people in greatest need are receiving the right support.”

Following the consultation, a report will be considered by councillors before a decision is made.

The survey can be found online at www.cotswold.gov.uk/CTRS, while paper copies can be found at Cotswold District Council Offices, Trinity Road, Cirencester GL7 1PX and the Moreton Area Centre and Tourist Information, High St, Moreton-in-Marsh GL56 0AZ.

Based on a press release from Cotswold District Council on 7 October 2019

Upper Rissington Parish Council Seeks New Councillors

Following the Upper Rissington by-election on 17th October, two members were elected, but two seats remain vacant. Since an election has been called, the remaining two seats must be filled by election.

Another election will be held, and we have been advised this will take place before 5 December 2019. The actual date of the by-election will be published as soon as it has been confirmed.

Upper Rissington Parish Council is looking for community-minded individuals to come forward and join the parish council. If you are interested in standing for election, now is a good time to ask any questions you may have.

What does a councillor do?

A councillor’s primary role is to represent the interests of the parish and the people who live in it. In order to understand and represent local views and priorities, you need to build strong relationships and encourage local people to engage with you and the council. Good communication and teamwork are vital.

Below are two documents that describe the work of parish councils that we hope you find useful. You will also learn a great deal about the work of the parish council by checking our website and minutes of past meetings.

Another useful resource is the ‘Be a Councillor’ website.

 

Am I eligible to stand as a councillor?

To be eligible to stand as a councillor you must be at least 18 years old AND a UK, EU or Commonwealth citizen AND be on the electoral register for the parish OR live or work in the parish or within three miles of it on the day of your election. The document below explains in more detail.

 

If you are unsure whether you are eligible to stand as a councillor,  contact the electoral services department at Cotswold District Council for advice.

Any other questions, please feel free to contact us.