Give Your Views On Changes To Council Tax Support

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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