Council Tax Reduction scheme consultation

We are consulting residents on proposals to revise the current Council Tax Reduction (CTR) scheme. Please read the information below to find out more about the proposed changes, and what this could mean for you. We welcome all feedback and would therefore ask that you complete the survey below.

What is the Council Tax Reduction scheme?

The CTR scheme is the way we help people on low incomes pay their council tax bill.

Under the current scheme, the council provides a discount to eligible working age households of up to 85% of their council tax bill (meaning that recipients of a full discount are only responsible for paying 15% of the bill).

This has remained the same for the past five years. The CTR scheme was last revised in 2015/16, when the amount of tax payable by working age claimants was increased from 12% to 15%.

The amount of support a household can get through the CTR scheme is determined by a ‘means test’ – this means we look at the income and capital or savings of your household.

At the moment, the CTR scheme within Salford helps around 25,000 households on a low income to pay their council tax.

What is this consultation about?

Each year the council has to decide whether to change the CTR scheme for working age claimants in its area who it considers to be in financial need. The council is proposing to change the scheme in 2020/21 to provide extra support for eligible low income households.

Persons of pension age will not be affected by the proposals. They will continue to receive a maximum award of 100% if they are on a passported benefit, such as pension credit guarantee or they are under their personal allowance.

What happens after the consultation period has ended?

The information collected from this consultation will be used by the council to assist in making its decision on the changes to the CTR scheme from 1 April 2020.

The results from the consultation will be published early 2020 on our website. Any changes will be then be considered at the Full Council meeting on 19 February 2020.

This consultation ran from Friday 18 October 2019 to midnight Friday 20 December 2019.

Council Tax Reduction scheme

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