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Council tax reduction scheme 2014/15

 

This consultation has now closed 

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Consultation Documents

Please click here for the final consultation report.

What is council tax?

Council tax is a local tax set by the council based on the value of your home as at 1 April 2003. The council is responsible for collecting council tax and this money funds a proportion of local public services, including refuse collection, social services, environmental health and education.

What is council tax reduction?

Council tax reduction (CTR) replaced council tax benefit (CTB) across Wales from 1 April 2013.  CTR is paid to low income households to help them meet the cost of their council tax bills. In a number of cases it is possible to receive 100% support, for example, if an applicant is in receipt of Income Support or Pension Credit Guarantee Credit.

What is the council tax reduction scheme?

Welsh Government makes most of the decisions about who is entitled to receive CTR, and sets these rules out in its council tax reduction scheme.  The council is however able to make certain decisions about how CTR is determined.

The council is able to decide:

  • whether to increase the standard extended payment period for people who return to work, when they have been in receipt of a qualifying benefit for more than 26 weeks;
  • whether or not to take into account the income that people receive from War Disablement Pensions and War Widows Pensions when deciding if people are entitled to CTR;
  • whether to backdate CTR claims for more than the standard three months in certain circumstances.

We consulted with you on this last winter, after the Welsh Government published its council tax reduction scheme 2013/14.  After consulting, the council decided to: 

  • keep the extended payment period at the standard of four weeks;
  • disregard War Disablement Pensions and War Widows Pensions when calculating entitlement to CTR;
  • extend the backdating of CTR claims beyond the standard of three months, to a maximum of six months.

To find out more about the consultation carried out last year and the decisions taken, you can read the report that went to Council on 29 January 2013 by clicking here 

About this consultation

Welsh Government’s current council tax reduction scheme comes to an end in March 2014, so a new scheme is being proposed, which will be in place from April 2014 until March 2015.  In this new draft scheme, it still proposes to offer up to 100% council tax support to tax payers, depending on their financial and household circumstances. Existing council tax discounts, such as the 25% single person’s discount, and existing exemptions, such as the exemption for people who are severely mentally impaired and live on their own, also remain unchanged in the new draft scheme.

Like last winter, the council must again decide: 

  • whether to increase or decrease the standard extended payment period for people who return to work, when they have been in receipt of a qualifying benefit for more than 26 weeks;
  • whether or not to take into account the income that people receive from War Disablement Pensions and War Widows Pensions when deciding if people are entitled to CTR;
  • whether to backdate CTR claims for more than the standard three months in certain circumstances

The council has to make these decisions by 31 January 2014, and is committed to ensuring that its residents have their say before doing so.

To share your views with us, please complete the short online survey by clicking here

Alternatively, you can share your views by emailing your comments to:

consultation@bridgend.gov.uk

or by writing to:

Consultation
Wing 3, Ravens Court
Brewery Lane
Bridgend

You can also request a paper copy of the survey by calling 01656 643396 (insert 18001 before the number if using a text phone, to use the Text Relay service) or by emailing consultation@bridgend.gov.uk

The consultation period closes on Tuesday 17 December 2013, so please ensure you share your views with us by this date. 

What are the next steps?

At the end of the consultation period we will collate all of the feedback received.  The results will be published on our website, and will be considered by Council at their meeting on 8 January 2014 before any decisions are made.

Contact details

If you would like to find out more about this consultation and how it may affect you, or if you would like to request the survey in an alternative language or format, please telephone 01656 643396 (insert 18001 before the number if using a text phone, to use the Text Relay service) or email consultation@bridgend.gov.uk

 

This consultation has now closed 

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