Decision details

Review of the Local Council Tax Reduction Scheme (LCTRS) for 2021-22

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 2021-22

Decision:

1)           That the Local Council Tax Reduction Scheme for 2021-22 as outlined in the report be reviewed.

 

2)          The existing scheme for the 2021-22 year be retained.

 

Reasons for the decision:

The changes made to the current scheme have worked well – introducing a tolerance rule for the treatment of Universal Credit awards has reduced the number of notifications customers receive to amend their Council Tax payments, whilst providing stability for customer repayments whilst reducing customer contact.

 

Given the economic impact of COVID-19 on household budgets and rising unemployment, we do not recommend increasing the contribution rate this year.

 

Alternative options considered:

1)     That the Local Council Tax Reduction Scheme for 2021-22 be reviewed as outlined within the report and that Cabinet agree to retain the existing scheme for the 2021-22 year.

2)     That the Local Council Tax Reduction Scheme for 2021-22 be reviewed as outlined within the report and Cabinet make other recommendations.

3)     Do nothing.

 

Report author: Alison Chubbock

Publication date: 07/09/2020

Date of decision: 07/09/2020

Decided at meeting: 07/09/2020 - Cabinet

Effective from: 15/09/2020

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