Council Tax is changing
The benefit system is being overhauled because the Government is
abolishing the Council Tax Benefit scheme and is asking councils to
replace it with their own local Council Tax Support (CTS) scheme
from 1 April 2013.
As well as having to create a local scheme,
the council will also have to work within a budget that has been
reduced by at least ten per cent.
This reduction in funding means we have to
make difficult decisions. We are now seeking the views of residents
to see how you feel about the proposals we are making.
It is likely that further changes to our local
CTS scheme will be required over the next few years to fund the
ongoing shortfall in the budget provison for this scheme. We will
consult you again if this happens.
What the changes mean
Every single council will have their own local
CTS scheme, with its own eligibility criteria.
Next year Malvern Hills District Council will
have at least 10% less money for CTS than it currently spends on
Council Tax Benefit. This results in a shortfall of around £485,000
in next years budget to pay for the new CTS scheme.
The council will therefore have to carefully
manage what it spends on helping people within this budget.
The government has specified that certain
groups such as pensioners will be protected and should see no
changes to their entitlement. However, it is up to each
council to consider whether to protect other groups and how to fund
Malvern Hills District Council is proposing to retain much of
the existing national Council Tax Benefit scheme within our new
local CTS scheme for 2013/2014. However, to help with the shortfall
in funding, we are proposing to restrict the amount that some
working age claimants can claim under the new CTS scheme.
An easy read guide outlining our draft Council
Tax Support scheme is available here:
CT Support Scheme
The Consultation starts on 26th
September 2012 and ends on the 9th November 2012.
A decision - taking account of your views for
a new Council Tax Support Scheme will be made at Full Council on
4th December 2012.
Take part in the consultation by completing
For further enquiries on our proposals,