Don’t forget to have your say in council tax consultation

Posted on: 20 July 2016

Local residents are being reminded to have their say in a consultation on proposed changes to a Council Tax Reduction Scheme.

North Devon Council, along with other Devon councils, is carrying out the consultation on potential changes to the scheme, which could be introduced from April 2017. It is part of an annual review to decide how much council tax reduction to give working age people who are on low incomes.

The council is proposing a number of changes, including:

  • limiting the number of dependent children within the calculation to a maximum of two
  • reducing the period a person can be absent from Great Britain and still receive a reduction to four weeks
  • basing the reduction on a set minimum income for self-employed earners after one year’s self-employment
  • reducing backdating for new claims to one month

The proposed changes are to bring the council’s scheme in line with those being made by Central Government in Housing Benefit and Universal Credit.

Executive member for resources, Councillor Mike Harrison, said: “We’ve had a good level of response to the consultation so far and I would like to thank those who have come forward with their thoughts on the proposed changes. However, we need to gather as much feedback as possible so that we can take it in to consideration when looking at the proposals. Our aim from the consultation is to make the scheme as straight forward as possible for people to understand and use.”

Local people have until 4 September to take part in the consultation, which is available on our website.

More information about the consultation or a paper copy is available by contacting our Benefits Team 01271 388877.

Paper copies are also available at any of the council offices:

  • Lynton House, Commercial Road, Barnstaple, EX31 1DG
  • The Ilfracombe Centre, 44 High Street, Ilfracombe, EX34 9QB
  • The Amory Centre, 125 East Street, South Molton, EX36 3BU

The council is writing to everybody in receipt of Council Tax Reduction who would be affected by any of the changes.

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