Council Tax Support Scheme Consultation

We are asking for your views on our proposed Council Tax Support Scheme (CTS) for 2020/21

Council Tax Support Scheme (CTS) Consultation 2020/21 - Each year the Council has to decide whether to change the local Council Tax Support scheme for working age applicants in the area.

Pensioners are not affected by changes made to the local scheme as the rules for applicants of pension age continues to be set by Central Government.  Pensioners can continue to get up to 100% discount on their Council Tax.

East Lindsey's scheme for working age applicants has been based broadly on the following principles:-

  ●   It protects people over pension age (as prescribed by Government), and all War Disablement Pensioners, War Widows and 
       War Widowers.

  ●   It is means-tested and allows for vulnerability within the calculation, including people with children, disabilities or   
       caring responsibilities.

  ●   The maximum support available to working age applicants is 75%, meaning that all working age households have to pay at least 25% 
       towards their Council Tax.

The overall cost of the scheme currently is around £10.7million, and we pay Council Tax Support to around 6,314 working age households.

We are proposing to keep the main characteristics of our current Council Tax Support scheme the same for 2020/21 as it is in 2019/20, whilst also:

  ●   Up rating and harmonising our scheme for working age claimants in-line with the Department For Work and Pensions provisions for
       Housing Benefit. This will apply to all Council Tax Support claimants and will Keep the local Council Tax Support scheme aligned with
       national welfare provisions.

  ●   Introducing a link to the awarding of Universal Credit, removing the need for customers to make a separate application for  
       Council Tax Support. This will make it easier for working-age people on Universal Credit to apply for Council Tax Support as well.   
       Currently a separate application needs to be made.

  ●   Introducing a tolerance rule for Universal Credit customer change in earnings. This will simplify what happens to Council Tax
       Support when Universal Credit customer earnings change by small amounts.

These changes would help make things much simpler for our customers, whilst we also expect that the overall cost to the Council would remain about the same as it is now.

We would welcome your views as part of this consultation.  The survey will take around 10 minutes to complete.

Closing date for submission of responses is Wednesday, 29th January 2020.