Decision details

Review of the Local Council Tax Reduction Scheme (LCTRS) for 2020-21

Decision Maker: Cabinet

Decision status: Recommendations Approved

Is Key decision?: Yes

Is subject to call in?: Yes

Purpose:

To consider options for the Local Council Tax Reduction Scheme (LCTRS) for 2020-21

Decision:

RESOLVED that Cabinet Recommends to full Council:

 

1)     to retain the 8.5% benefit scheme (i.e. the maximum benefit to working age claimants is 91.5%) and

 

2)     to introduce a tolerance rule to the treatment of Universal Credit income in the Local Council Tax Reduction Scheme.

 

Reasons for the decision:

As required, the Council has completed its annual review of the LCTRS scheme it operates and has identified improvements that will both help claimants and the Council reduce the amount of administration and improve clarity within the current scheme.

Alternative options considered:

1)     That the Council retain the 8.5% benefit scheme (i.e. the maximum benefit to working age claimants is 91.5%) and that the Council introduces a tolerance rule to the treatment of Universal Credit income in the Local Council Tax Reduction Scheme.

 

2)     Do not make the proposed changes to the LCTRS scheme.

 

Report author: Alison Chubbock

Publication date: 14/01/2020

Date of decision: 13/01/2020

Decided at meeting: 13/01/2020 - Cabinet

Effective from: 22/01/2020

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