The Council is considering changing the current level of assistance for 2020/21, for working-age people, from a maximum level of 91.5% to 80% of Council Tax liability, after any other discounts or exemptions.

 If support levels were to be increased, or remain the same, for 2020/21, there would be a financial cost to the Council which would have to be met elsewhere and could mean:
·         Raising Council Tax *; or
·         reducing Council services and using compensatory savings to fund Council Tax Support; or
·         using some of the Council’s one-off reserves; or
·         a combination of the three.
* In recent years the Government has restricted the level by which Local Authorities can increase Council Tax without holding a referendum.

 The Council will continue to uprate benefit levels in line with those adopted in respect of Housing Benefit, this includes the level of non-dependent deductions. It should be noted that the scheme is subject to revision, in order to comply with any legislative changes introduced by Central Government in relation to Council Tax Support.


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* 1. Do you agree that the maximum level of support available for working age customers should be changed from 91.5% to 80%

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* 2. Housing Benefit customers, who are part of a mixed age couple i.e. where one is a pensioner and the other is of working age, are now treated under the working age regulations which are slightly less generous. Do you agree that the same should apply to Council Tax Support customers?

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* 3. Are there any other changes you would like to see to the Council Tax Support scheme 2020/21 or general comments regarding Council Tax Support?

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

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* 5. Are you a pensioner?

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* 6. Are you of working age?

The Council is committed to equality and diversity in service delivery. To enable us to ensure that all our residents are receiving fair treatment and equality of opportunity we aim to collect monitoring data that informs us about the accessibility of our services (that is, who uses them and who doesn’t).

 

Providing this information is voluntary and if you do not want to answer any of the questions you do not have to.

 

Any information you provide will be treated confidentially and used only for monitoring purposes. The data will be held securely on the Council’s information systems in accordance with the principles of the Data Protection Act 2018 and will not be published on an individual basis.

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* 8. Age

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* 9. Which race/ethnicity best describes you? (Please choose only one.)

Under the Equality Act 2010 a person is considered to have a disability if he/she has a physical or mental impairment which has a sustained and long-term adverse effect on his/her ability to carry out normal day to day activities.  Since 2005 this also includes people with HIV, cancer and multiple sclerosis (MS).

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* 10. Do you consider yourself to be a disabled person?




 

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* 11.

Please state the type of impairment that applies to you.  Please indicate as many that may apply

If none of the categories apply, please mark ‘Other’ and specify the type of impairment.

 

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* 12. Gender

Thank you for completing this survey. The information you provide will be treated confidentially and will be collated and fed back to the Council as part of their decision process.

If you want any further information on the Council Tax Support Scheme please visit https://www3.rbwm.gov.uk/info/200123/benefits/342/housing_benefit_and_council_tax_support

 

Any questions on this consultation can be sent to benefits@rbwm.gov.uk
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