SECTION A - Possible Council Tax Support Scheme adaptions

The following amendments are proposed in order to align the Council Tax Support Scheme with changes made by Central Government to Housing Benefit and/or Council Tax Support for those of pensionable age. The proposals below would align Council Tax Support for working age people with these changes.


* 1. Currently, customers who leave Great Britain temporarily may still get Council Tax Support for 13 weeks or, in some cases, 52 weeks.  Do you agree that this should be reduced to 4 weeks ordinarily? In exceptional cases this could be 8 or 26 weeks.

* 2. Customers can currently receive backdated Council Tax Support for up to 6 months if they are able to confirm they have good cause for not being apply to apply at an earlier date. Do you agree that this should be limited to a maximum of 1 month?

* 3. Do you agree that Council Tax Support should only cover the costs of 2 children in families rather than unlimited numbers of children? Exceptions would apply where Tax Credits are paid for more than 2 children.

* 4. An additional allowance is provided for those responsible for children, the “family premium”. This is no longer available to new Housing Benefit customers and it is proposed that this is removed for any new Council Tax Support Customers making their claim in 2018/19. Do you agree with this proposal?

* 5. Do you agree that customers in receipt of Employment Support Allowance should only receive additional assistance if they are in the Support Group i.e. they have most severe needs?

* 6. Those who are most severely disabled receive an additional allowance unless someone is receiving Carers Allowance for helping them. The new benefit, Universal Credit, contains a similar Carers Element. Do you agree that the additional allowance should not be awarded if someone is receiving the Carers Allowance for looking after a disabled person?                                                                       


* 7. If you disagree with any of the above, please explain which number questions and why.

* 8. Are there any other changes you would like to see to the Council Tax Support scheme 2018/19 or general comments regarding CTS?

* 9. Are you currently in receipt of Council Tax Support? 

* 10. If you answered yes to question 9 please answer the following:

  Yes No
Are you a pensioner?
Are you of working age?

* 11. Are you completing this on behalf of a representative body such as the Citizen Advice Bureau or Age Concern?

* 12. which group in the community do you represent?