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What is Local Council Tax Support?

Local Council Tax Support

Kettering Borough Council has consulted on its Local Council Tax Support Scheme in line with Government legislation. The consultation process ran for 8 weeks ending on the 20th November 2017 and customer feedback will be considered as part of the decision making process in December. Any changes to the scheme must be approved by Full Council before the 31st January 2018. 

Background

Council Tax Support was introduced in April 2013 to replace Council Tax Benefit as a result of changes made by Central Government. Previously, 100% of the cost of Council Tax Benefit payments was reimbursed to local authorities – under the new scheme the Government continues to reduce the level of funding provided. 

The new scheme for working age customers had to operate on lower funding and following extensive consultation the scheme reduced the maximum award of support from 100% to 85%. This meant customers had to pay at least 15% of their bill. This was phased in due to transitional funding and in 2013/14 the minimum payment was 8.5% and in 2014/15 was 15%. Following further consultation the minimum payment rose to 25% in 2015/16 and 45% in 2016/17 and 2017/18

View the current scheme

The scheme is administered at a local level and is currently split between the following two areas: 

- pensioners 

  &

- working age customers. 

Pensioners are protected by legislation and their scheme will remain unchanged, this consultation relates solely to the local working age scheme. 

In 2013/14 certain exemptions on empty properties were amended in order to assist funding of the shortfall in the new scheme, these amended exemptions will remain in place and no further amendments are proposed. 


 

Get in touch with Kettering Borough Council

Email: customerservices@kettering.gov.uk. Telephone: 01536 410333.

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