Have your say.... on proposals to change Hambleton's Council Tax Reduction Schemes
Published on Monday, 2nd September 2019
Hambleton residents are being urged to have a say on proposed changes to the Council Tax Reduction scheme from April 2020.
The district council is proposing a number of changes to its existing scheme and, in line with legislation, has a duty to consult with residents and seek their views before any changes can be implemented.
Council Tax Reduction is a discount for Council Tax and the level of discount is designed to help people on low income.
The scheme is determined locally by district councils rather than the Department of Work and Pensions. Although the Government initially provided funding for the scheme, the funding has reduced each year in line with the reduction in Revenue Support Grant provided to councils.
From 2020 no funding will be provided for the scheme therefore it is essential that the scheme is changed to meet future requirements, to reduce administration costs and to ultimately prevent any additional costs being added to the Council Tax.
Working age households in the district who currently receive or will apply for Council Tax Reduction will be affected by the changes.
Pension age households will not be affected as Central Government set the pension age scheme.
A consultation exercise is now underway and all residents are encouraged to give their views. Full details of the proposed new scheme and online consultation form can be found here:
The consultation ends on 8 October 2019.