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Have your say on the review of Council Tax Support - Council Tax Support Consultation for 2020/21

Published on Monday, 2nd September 2019

The 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 3500 low income households in our District. Around 1500 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 is required to review their scheme annually and where they are proposing any significant changes, are required to consult with residents.

Cllr Bryan Harker, Chairman 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. We therefore need your views on the proposals for the scheme for 2020”. 

Participate in the consultation 

Options include using a minimal threshold for Changes of Circumstances and to introduce periodic reviews for Universal Credit cases

The public consultation has started 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 2019. More information about the scheme can be found at: www.maldon.gov.uk/LCTS  

Paper copies will be available at the Council Offices and at Libraries in Maldon, Burnham-on-Crouch, Southminster and Wickham Bishops.