Council Tax Rebate (CTR) is a means-tested discount scheme to help council tax payers on a low income to pay their council tax.
Council Tax Rebate for pension age council tax payers remains protected which means they will not be affected by any changes. Pension-age applicants continue to receive up to 100% rebate.
Currently, about 2,900 households claim CTR, including pension-age applicants. Of these, approximately 1,300 are of working-age.
Every year the Council is required to set a Council Tax Rebate scheme for the year ahead. The consultation will ask people to comment on a proposal to introduce a simpler banded discount scheme that will be easier for residents to understand as well as reducing administration costs. Residents will also be asked for their views on options to keep the current CTR scheme, but reducing the scheme’s cost by decreasing support for working age people.
As well as CTR, the Council offers a Discretionary Reduction in Council Tax Scheme for those who demonstrate exceptional financial hardship or exceptional personal circumstances that justify a reduction or waiver of their Council Tax bill. This aims to offer short term help, and awards are made case by case.
Everyone liable to pay Council Tax pays for the Council Tax Rebate scheme through their Council Tax payments. Therefore, it is important to get the views of all Council Tax payers whether or not they receive CTR.
Any changes to the scheme will directly affect working-age households receiving Council Tax Rebate now or in the future.
It is important that residents have all the information needed to provide informed answers. The background to the consultation and information about our Council Tax Rebate scheme is available on our website at: www.westsomersetonline.gov.uk/benefitconsultation
People can respond to the consultation by completing a questionnaire which you can obtain from West Somerset House and returning it to: Corporate Business Support, The Deane House, Belvedere Road, Taunton TA1 1HE; or complete the form on-line at: www.westsomersetonline.gov.uk/benefitconsultation
Debbie Rundle, on behalf of West Somerset Council,01984 635280 or 01823 356407 or 07714 759899 email firstname.lastname@example.org