Decision details

Annual Review of Council Tax Reduction Scheme

Decision Maker: Housing, Economy and Business Committee

Decision status: Recommendations Approved

Is Key decision?: No

Is subject to call in?: No

Purpose:

This report sets out the latest position in respect of the Authority’s Council Tax Reduction Scheme (CTRS), which was initially introduced on 1 April 2013 following devolution of the previous national council tax benefit scheme to Local Authorities.
Under the government guidance the local scheme should be reviewed each year. This report details the final expenditure on the scheme in 2018/19 along with the estimated expenditure for 2019/20.

Decisions:

Mark Halls, Head of Revenues and Benefits, presented the report.

 

Members discussed the impact of the scheme on care leavers, support available to them and suggested officers attend a Corporate Parenting Forum to consider the impact on the most vulnerable residents in the borough. In addition, members discussed the impact of the Revenue Support Grant and the impact of the Local Government Funding Settlement. Members sought clarification on the average weekly award of council tax reduction based on council tax banding.

 

Officers advised that care leavers were supported by the leaving care team and that specific provisions in the scheme applied to care leavers and that the hardship fund was also available, but this was not just available to care leavers. The hardship fund is advertised on the Council website but promoted in the main by the welfare reform team, and was established to assist those who were struggling to pay council tax. Officers committed to further discussions with the leaving care team on the scheme and to update members as a result.

 

RESOLVED: that

 

1.    The out turn of the scheme in 2018/19 be noted.

 

2.    The Council undertakes a new consultation exercise on the proposed ‘inflation principle’ to be adopted for the financial year commencing 1 April 2020 be agreed. The outcome of the consultation will be reported back to this committee at a later date within this current financial year.

Report author: Mark Halls

Publication date: 09/07/2019

Date of decision: 02/07/2019

Decided at meeting: 02/07/2019 - Housing, Economy and Business Committee

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