Decision Maker: Cabinet
Decision status: Recommmend Forward to Council
Is Key decision?: Yes
Is subject to call in?: No
Propose changes to the Council’s Local
Council Tax Support
scheme for 2020/21.
Cabinet considered the report of the Chief Finance Officer which proposed changes to the Council’s Local Council Tax Support scheme for 2020/21. The changes were proposed so that the scheme remained fit for purpose for working age residents in receipt of Universal Credit.
Cabinet members were informed that the Corporate Overview and Scrutiny Committee would consider the report in January 2020. The Chair of the Corporate Overview and Scrutiny Committee had been consulted and had indicated he was satisfied with the recommendations being put forward.
The current Local Council Tax Support scheme could continue unchanged for
2020/21. This would create confusion and uncertainty for the growing number of Universal Credit customers.
That the following recommendations be approved to form the basis of a report to Council on 18 December 2019:
· That the findings of the consultation process for the review of the Local Council Tax Support Scheme for 2020/21 be noted;
· That the introduction a banded income scheme for 2020/21 for working age residents in receipt of Universal Credit in line with Sections 4.1, 4.2 & 4.3 of the report, following the outcome of the consultation exercise as detailed in Section 7 of the report be approved;
· That the Local Council Tax Support Scheme for 2020/21 will be approved in accordance with Section 67 of the Local Government Finance Act 1992 as amended.
Reasons for the recommendation:
Schedule 1A of the Local Government Finance Act 1992 as amended requires local authorities to consider whether to revise or to replace its Local Council Tax Support Scheme each year. Any revisions or a replacement scheme must have been considered and agreed for operation from 1 April 2020.
Eligible for call in – no
Report author: Keith Mackenzie
Publication date: 26/02/2020
Date of decision: 02/12/2019
Decided at meeting: 02/12/2019 - Cabinet