New Council Tax Support scheme supported by those directly affected

Telford & Wrekin Council is set to introduce some changes to its Council Tax support scheme, which have been supported by those people who are directly affected.

New Council Tax Support scheme supported by those directly affected
The Council is recommending some changes which will make changes to the overall annual cost, as well as making some technical and legislative changes to reflect how the scheme is changing nationally.

The main recommendation is  that the amount of support awarded to all working age claimants should be further reduced. Currently all working age customers pay 21 per cent of their Council Tax bill but it is now proposed that this will move to 25 per cent.

It is also being asked to approve the continuation of the £30,000 Council Tax Hardship Fund, which has awarded help to the Council’s most financially vulnerable customers over the past three years.

Telford & Wrekin Council’s cabinet meeting on January 5 is being asked to approve the new Council Tax Support Scheme Policy for 2017/2018.

The new scheme will also only take into account a maximum of two dependant children per family when new claims are made. This replicates changes that the Government is making to the Housing Benefit Scheme.

The Council undertook an extensive public consultation on a range of options for the scheme, with its preferred option receiving the most support.

Councillor Lee Carter, Telford & Wrekin Council’s cabinet member for Finance, Partnerships and Commercial Services, said: “These recommended changes have been to full public consultation and have been supported.

“In particular, they have been supported by constituents currently in receipt of Council Tax Support, who will be directly affected.”

It is proposed that the new scheme will stay in place until March 2020, unless Government Policy changes significantly.