We are asking for your views on our proposed Council Tax Support Scheme (CTS) for 2022/23

The Council Tax Support scheme is a way of helping people on low or no income pay their Council Tax bill.

Each year the Council must decide whether to change the scheme for working age applicants in the area.

Pensioners are not affected by changes made to the local scheme as the rules for applicants of pension age continues to be set by Central Government. Pensioners can continue to get up to 100% discount on their Council Tax.

Boston’s scheme for working age applicants has been based broadly on the following principles:-

It protects people over pension age (as prescribed by Government), and all War Disablement Pensioners, War Widows and War Widowers.

It is means-tested and allows for vulnerability within the calculation, including people with children, disabilities or caring responsibilities.

The maximum support available to working age applicants is 75%, meaning that all working age households have to pay at least 25% towards their Council Tax.

The overall cost of the scheme currently is around £3.8million, and we pay Council Tax Support to around 2,340 working age households.

We are proposing to keep the Council Tax Support scheme the same for 2022/23 as it is in 2021/22, and are seeking views on whether we should up-rate our scheme for working age claimants in line with the Department for Work and Pensions provisions for Housing Benefit. This will apply to all Council Tax Support claimants and will keep the local Council Tax Support scheme aligned with national welfare provisions.

Retaining the main characteristics of our current Council Tax Support scheme means there will be no major changes to the support a customer would receive.

We would welcome your views as part of this consultation. 

Closing date for submission of responses is Friday 12 November 2021.

Please read each question and give your response by placing a tick in the appropriate box.

Q1Do you think that the Council should retain its current scheme for the next financial year, to provide continuity?
Q2Each year the Government reviews and generally increases the amount people need to live on for the calculation of welfare benefit. By applying the same changes to our Council Tax Support scheme we would ensure that our scheme remains up to date with the Department for Work and Pensions (DWP) allowances and premiums each year.

Do you think we should increase our scheme in line with the Department for Work and Pensions provisions for 2022/23 and future years? 

                                          Thank you for taking the time to complete this survey.

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