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Have your say on the £3M cost of Council Tax Support

Published on Thursday, 14th September 2017

Maldon District Council is asking all residents to comment on a local scheme which helps low income households with the cost of their Council Tax.

The Council Tax Support scheme costs £3 Million and provides help to around 4000 low income households in our District. Around 1800 of the households supported through the scheme are ‘working-age households’, who can currently receive up to 80% off their household Council Tax bill.

Continued reductions in Government funding, and increasing financial pressures on councils has meant we have had to carefully consider the cost of this scheme and the amount of support given. Government rules means that currently pensioners cannot be affected by reductions. Therefore, any changes to the Council Tax Support scheme would only affect working-age households. 

Maldon District Council needs your views on how the £3 Million Council Tax Support scheme should continue for 2018-19. Options include increasing the minimum contribution for working-age households from 20%,  considering alternative funding options such as reducing the spending on other services, or increasing the Council Tax overall.

Cllr David Sismey, Chair of the Council’s Finance and Corporate Services Committee said: “It is vitally important that we hear from all residents with their views on our Council Tax Support scheme and how it is funded, not just those who are currently receiving support”. 

The public consultation runs for six weeks from Monday 18 September and is open to everyone in the District, including local support organisations. The scheme will be reviewed and agreed by a full Council meeting in December 2017.

More information about the scheme and a link to the online consultation can be found at: www.maldon.gov.uk/LCTS  

Paper copies will be available at the Council Offices, Tourist Information Centres and libraries within the District.