Decision details

Council Tax Reduction Scheme 2019/20

Decision Maker: Housing, Economy and Business Committee

Decision status: Recommendations Approved

Is Key decision?: No

Is subject to call in?: No


This report describes the outcome of the recent consultation proposing various options for amending the existing Council Tax Reduction Scheme taking into account inflationary increases and makes recommendations to revise the scheme accordingly.
The proposed changes do not affect any person of state pension credit age.


Julie Turner, Deputy Assistant Director (Resources - Business Services) presented the report, explicitly highlighting the Equalities Impact Assessment, which should be considered when making the decisions on the recommendations in this report.


Members discussed the mistake of referring to RPI vs CPI in the consultation and officers referred to legal advice that had been sought, confirming the Council’s clear and obvious intention was to provide for a 3% inflation increase for 2019/20.



1.    The Council Tax Reduction Scheme is revised and the Income Bands are uplifted by 3% with effect from 1 April 2019 as set out in Appendix A, table 2.

2.    The Council undertakes a further consultation exercise on the proposed inflation indexation principle to be adopted for the financial year commencing 1 April 2020 as set out in paragraph 6.7 of the report.

3.    The Council adopts an upper limit of 5% inflation increase that may be applied in any future years.

Report author: Julie Turner

Publication date: 19/02/2019

Date of decision: 29/01/2019

Decided at meeting: 29/01/2019 - Housing, Economy and Business Committee

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