Review of the Local Council Tax Reduction Scheme (LCTRS) for 2020-21
Meeting: 23/01/2020 - Council (Item 14)
Report of Councillor Phillip Cowen, Executive Member Finance & Growth and Christine Marshall, Executive Director Commercialisation.
Councillor Cowen, the Executive Member for Finance & Growth presented the report.
Each year the Council was required to review its Local Council Tax Reduction Support Scheme (LCTRS). This report advised Members on the findings of the 2019 annual review, the consultation on these findings and the resultant proposals for the LCTRS scheme to take effect from 1 April 2020.
Where it had been determined to retain the existing scheme for the forthcoming year this must be decided by 11 March 2020.
It was noted that no objections to the scheme had been received.
Councillor Jermy felt that the proposals seemed perfectly sensible; however, he had noticed that the responses to the actual consultation had been very poor and felt that the Council should take a look at how it promoted and advertised such consultations in future.
a) the 8.5% benefit scheme (i.e. the maximum benefit to working e claimants is 91.5%) be retained; and
b) a tolerance rule to the treatment of Universal Credit income in the Local Council Tax Reduction Scheme be introduced.
Meeting: 13/01/2020 - Cabinet (Item 11)
Report of Executive Member for Finance and Growth, Councillor Phil Cowen.
The Executive Member for Finance and Growth explained that by retaining the Local Council Tax reduction scheme and introducing a tolerance rule would ensure that residents were not being disadvantaged.
The Strategic Manager (Billing & Benefits) for ARP added that the initiative would continue to support customers. He added that the initiative was being implemented across all Anglia Revenue Partnerships as well as Norwich City Council.
Reasons for Recommendations
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.
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.
RESOLVED to RECOMMEND 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.