Council Tax Reduction Scheme

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BASSETLAW residents who are eligible for Council Tax Reduction (formerly Council Tax Benefit) will have to make a slightly bigger contribution towards their bill from April 1, 2017, after further cuts to the revenue support grant the Council receives from Government.

Following a public consultation in which the Council wrote to 8000 eligible residents and a further 8000 non qualifying Council Tax Payers, the Council will be introducing a new Council Tax Reduction Scheme for 2017/18.  

The new scheme will be introduced on April 1st and means that eligible working age claimants will receive a maximum reduction of 88% of their Council Tax bill as opposed to the previous 90%, whilst working age vulnerable claimants will receive a maximum reduction of 95% of their Council Tax bill as opposed to the previous 100%.

This means that for a typical Band A property an eligible working age claimant will have to pay a minimum of approximately £2.67 a week in Council Tax, whilst a working age claimant classed as vulnerable will have to pay a minimum £1.11 a week in Council Tax.

In order to minimise the impact on residents, Bassetlaw District Council is not changing the income disregards relating to earnings, Child Benefit, Maintenance, and certain disability-related benefits. The savings/capital limit, per household, will also remain at £16,000. The scheme is also restricted to the equivalent of Band C Council Tax, so those affected living in properties banded D – H will have their claims based on a Band C property.

The scheme also includes a full disregard of War Disablement Benefit and War Widows/Widowers Pension.

Cllr Simon Greaves, Leader of Bassetlaw District Council said:

“Due to the continuous reduction in Government funding, the Council is faced with a shortfall of up to £450,000 in our Council Tax Reduction scheme over the next three years and that is just not affordable.

“Following a public consultation, we are introducing a new scheme that is as fair and transparent as possible and we have been realistic in what we can ask residents to contribute. We have also set aside an additional fund of £30,000 to help those experiencing exceptional hardship.”

If you think you may have problems paying your Council Tax bill or need any support or advice, you can speak to a Council Tax advisor on 01909 533440.

Published: Wednesday 15 March 2017