Local Council Tax Support Is Changing
Published Monday, 08 October 2012
Council Tax Benefit Is Changing. From April 2013 Council Tax Benefit is being abolished and being replaced with a local scheme.
Kettering Borough Council has been working on proposals for this scheme and has now published its consultation papers and your views and opinions on this scheme will be important to us.
The consultation will run for 8 weeks and starts on the 5th September 2012 and end on the 31st October 2012.
The purpose of this consultation is to allow Kettering Borough Council to develop a Local Council Tax Support Scheme in line with the legislation coming into force in April 2013. Customers input to the consultation will be fed back into the decision process as detailed below.
Consideration of options and their financial and social impact began in early 2012 with the broad strategic choices in relation to a future scheme for Council Tax Support (and an associated timeline) being presented to an Executive Committee on the 18th July 2012.
A further Executive Committee meeting was held on the 13th of August 2012 where more detailed options were presented and the decision made to commence consultation looking at options around amendments to empty property discounts to generate income and amendments to the existing scheme to generate savings so that the two can be used in tandem to develop the new scheme.
Consultation will take place with all major preceptors, voluntary groups, stakeholders and customers. This will include a series of public events and forums details of which can be found at here
Consultation documents and the opportunity to respond are available on the web and all documents will be available in hard copy from any of our offices or upon request. Responses to the consultation are welcome from both organisations and individuals.
Following the closure of the consultation on the 31st October 2012 all responses received will be considered and will help inform a report to an Executive Committee in November 2012. A final decision for a Local Council Tax Support scheme will be made at Full Council in January 2013.
Details of Consultation and Proposals
The consultation documents can be found here
Copies are available from
If you would like a paper copy, please visit one of our offices to collect one:
Kettering Borough Council, Bowling Green Road Kettering, NN15 7QX
Desborough Library, High Street, NN14 2QS
Rothwell Library, Market Hill, NN14 2EP
Burton Latimer Library, High Street, NN15 5RH
Call us on 01536 410 333 to ask for a paper copy to be sent to you or email LCTS@kettering.gov.uk
If you want the documents in large print, Braille or languages other than English please contact us.
How do I Respond?
You can complete the questionnaire online
Or send completed forms to
FAO LCTS Officer
Kettering Borough Council
Bowling Green Road
If you have any questions about the proposals or consultation please contact us by:
Phone: 01536 410333
Or call into any of our offices.