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Council Tax Reduction Review
Decision Maker: Policy & Resources Committee
Decision status: Recommendations Approved
Is Key decision?: No
Is subject to call in?: No
The council has an annual requirement to
consider whether to revise its Council Tax Reduction scheme. This
report sets out the position for the 2020-21 year, which is that no
changes are proposed.
RESOLVED: That the Committee
1. Confirmed that the current Council Tax Reduction scheme shall continue without amendment, except for technical amendments to the amounts and allowances used to calculate entitlement.
2. Noted that despite a July 2019 decision of this committee, no consultation has been undertaken with residents on options for council tax bill support, thereby preventing substantive changes to the CTR scheme for 2020/21.
3. Confirmed that officers should produce a further report following the General Election with more detailed proposals for a new welfare framework incorporating a city-wide view, i.e. having consulted with members from all Groups and key stakeholders. Committee requests that such a report also outline specific timescales for a future council tax reduction consultation, as originally requested in a July 2019 decision of this committee.
Noted that since 2015, £2.2m has been taken
out of the CTR scheme, and agrees to consult residents on whether
the 2021/22 CTR scheme should:
1. Reduce the minimum liability to 15%
2. Reduce the taper rate from 25p to 20p
3. Delete the restriction on minimum council tax reduction, being £5 per week or £260 per year.
5. Noted the absence of an agreed report on the result of promotion work done on the scheme and discretionary fund. Committee requests officers to undertake an urgent marketing exercise to promote the Discretionary Fund, with a particular focus on working with city partners, housing associations and others, to ensure maximum reach to low-income households.
6. Approved £200,000 funding for the discretionary fund in 2020/21; this would require additional one-off funding of £190,000.
7. Agreed to explore the introduction of additional one-off funding to support this marketing exercise as outlined in 2.4.
8. Confirmed that work should continue towards the creation of a more comprehensive welfare framework that better joins up support from officers to residents in need.
9. Noted the options and provides a steer for wider consultation with stakeholders as the new welfare framework is developed.
Report author: Paul Ross-Dale
Publication date: 05/12/2019
Date of decision: 05/12/2019
Decided at meeting: 05/12/2019 - Policy & Resources Committee
- Council Tax Reduction Review PDF 167 KB
- Council Tax Reduction Review APX. n 3 - CTR breakdown by ward PDF 272 KB
- Council Tax Reduction Review APX. n 4 - historic costs of CTR scheme PDF 369 KB
- Council Tax Reduction Review APX. n 1 - Changes since 2013 PDF 234 KB
- Council Tax Reduction Review APX n5. - Equalities Impact Assessment Apr 19, updated Oct 19 PDF 639 KB
- Council Tax Reduction Review APX. n 2 - how does CTR work? PDF 283 KB
- Item 80 Council tax Reduction v2 NMV amendment PDF 34 KB