Have your say on Council Tax Support in East Lindsey

October 1, 2020

Residents are being asked for their views on the local Council Tax Support Scheme for 2021/22.

We are seeking views on our proposed scheme through a consultation which is taking place between October 1, 2020 and November 6, 2020.  

The proposed scheme for working age applicants continues to be based broadly on the following principles:

  • It protects those of pension age and working age customers in receipt of war pensions.
  • It is means-tested and allows for vulnerability within the calculation methodology.
  • The maximum support available to working age applicants is 75%.

For 2021/22, we are also proposing that the scheme should:

  • Be up rated and harmonised 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.
  • Have the backdating provisions for working age claimants extended from one month to three months.

Portfolio Holder for Finance, Councillor Richard Fry, said: "We're inviting residents to have their say on our proposed Council Tax Support Scheme for the coming financial year, so we can take an informed decision on how the scheme operates. By maintaining the characteristics of the scheme we can help keep the process consistent at a time when we are all faced with a degree of uncertainty. The proposed extension of the backdating period will also allow us to support claimants, where appropriate, with a little extra time to deal with their application for Council Tax Support."

Residents are encouraged to complete the consultation online by visiting www.e-lindsey.gov.uk/consultation before Friday 6 November 2020. Paper copies can be requested by calling 01507 601111.