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Council tax reduction scheme

 

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Introduction

Council tax benefit is coming to an end on 31 March 2013, and will be replaced by the new council tax reduction scheme on the 1 April 2013.

Please read this important information about the changes and let us know what you think. 

What is council tax?

Council tax is a local tax that is used to fund essential local services provided by the council. There are 9 council tax bands from A (lowest tax) to I (highest tax).

What is council tax benefit?

Council tax benefit is money off the council tax bill. How much benefit people get depends on their personal circumstances such as their income. It is the most claimed benefit in the UK.

Bridgend has nearly 15,800 households that receive council tax benefit. Around 11,900 households qualify for a 100% reduction in council tax, which means they do not have to pay any council tax themselves. This benefit is credited directly to the resident’s council tax account.

Between April 2011 and March 2012 the Government paid Bridgend County Borough Council approximately £12.5m in council tax benefit payments. The payments made by the Government have risen each year. This is because more and more people are claiming council tax benefit due to the recession.

Summary of the changes to council tax benefit from April 2013?

As part of the spending review in 2010, the Government decided to end Council Tax Benefit on 31 March 2013 and replace it with other schemes to assist with council tax bills.

The Welsh Government has developed a new scheme for Wales, which they have named the council tax reduction scheme.

Under the new scheme the Government will only provide up to 90% of the funding that it currently provides for the council tax benefit scheme. This means that if you are currently claiming council tax benefit you will need to pay towards your council tax bill from 1 April 2013. The amount that everyone will have to pay will be a minimum of 10%-20% of their council tax bill. The Welsh Government will decide on this percentage.

*Existing council tax discounts and exemptions, such as the 25% single person’s discount and the exemption for people who are severely mentally impaired and live on their own will not change.

The purpose of this consultation is to ask your views on how the council plans to operate the new council tax reduction scheme.

As the council MUST join the new Welsh Government council tax reduction scheme, it is important to remember that we will not be able to change the scheme; but we will send your views to Welsh Government before the new scheme begins.

About this consultation

We have written to everyone who currently receives council tax benefit to inform them of the proposed changes and encourage them to share their views by completing the short questionnaire.

More details about the changes that will take place under the new scheme can be found here. It is recommended that you read this information before completing the questionnaire..

If you would like to find out more about this consultation and how it will affect you, or if you would like a copy of this information, please telephone (01656) 643643 or email consultation@bridgend.gov.uk.

If you require the consultation document in a different format, please contact the council on 01656 643643 or email: consultation@bridgend.gov.uk

Consultation period

All views must be received by 13 January 2013 so please ensure that you give us your views by this date.

What are the next steps?

The results of this consultation will be published in January 2013 and the Council will decide how to operate the new council tax reduction scheme in Bridgend. 

We will write to all council tax benefit claimants in the New Year to inform individuals as to how they will be affected by the changes.

Contact details

If you have any questions about this consultation please contact 01656 643643 or email consultation@bridgend.gov.uk.

 

This consultation is now closed

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