Local Council Tax Support Scheme
Decision Maker: Cabinet
Decision status: Recommendations Approved
Is Key decision?: Yes
Is subject to call in?: Yes
To seek approval to undertake formal consultation on a draft Council Tax Support Scheme and delegated authority be given to the Leader of the Council and the Chief Executive to formally agree the draft scheme prior to its publication.
1) the Leader of the Council and the Chief Executive be given delegated authority to determine the draft Council Tax Support Scheme for consultation; and
2) a draft Council Tax Support Scheme be published for consultation, in order to meet the statutory timetable to approve a final scheme before the end of January 2013.
Reasons for the decision:
To do nothing would have the effect of invoking Government’s default statutory scheme and as a result the precepting authorities would bear the full cost of the grant reduction. This is therefore not deemed to be an appropriate option.
The approach as outlined in the report and in the appendices would, where possible, use appropriate technical changes to fill the funding gap but would also consider savings that could be made by changing levels of support e.g. capping entitlement.
Alternative options considered:
1) To do nothing
2) To undertake consultation of a draft Council Tax Support Scheme that makes savings through new support arrangements and generates income through appropriate technical changes in Council Tax collection.
Report author: Sharon Jones
Publication date: 09/08/2012
Date of decision: 31/07/2012
Decided at meeting: 31/07/2012 - Cabinet
Effective from: 03/08/2012