Fenland District Council is proposing a change to its Local Council Tax Reduction Scheme (also known as Council Tax Support). If implemented, this would mean people who are of working age and claiming Council Tax Reduction would see an increase in the amount of Council Tax they have to pay.
Each year the Council must decide whether to change the Local Council Tax Reduction Scheme (LCTRS) for working age applicants in its area. Decisions about changes to the scheme need to be considered alongside the wider challenges being faced by local authorities. As government funding continues to decrease, we need to strike a balance between a revised scheme that is fair and affordable for those who receive support and also for all our residents who receive council services.
Fenland District Council faces significant savings targets over the next four years which have been severely impacted by Covid-19.
Changes to the council tax support scheme will contribute to those savings and reduce the possibility of having to reduce council front line services.
However, the changes proposed in this consultation will not be sufficient in themselves to meet the Council’s savings targets. Further efficiencies and/or income generation schemes will be required in order to meet the significant financial challenges over the next four years.
Therefore, it is very important that you, our local residents, give us your views to help shape our new scheme starting in April 2021.
Currently, working age recipients of Council Tax Reduction must contribute at least 14% towards their Council Tax. The Council is considering increasing the minimum contribution to either 20%, 25% or 30%.