Future Northants - West Northamptonshire Council Local Council Tax Reduction Scheme (LCTRS) Consultation 2021-22
The Local Council Tax Reduction Scheme (sometimes known as Council Tax Support) helps people on low income pay their Council Tax. Those of pensioner age are protected by the prescribed regulations set out by central government.
Local Council Tax Reduction Schemes (LCTRS) were introduced from April 2013 when Council Tax Benefit was abolished and replaced by locally agreed schemes.
By law, Councils are required to have a scheme to help people on low incomes to pay their Council Tax. Each year Councils needs to approve a LCTRS for the following 12 months. Where there are changes proposed, it is necessary for a public consultation to take place.
Why do we need to change?
The current two-tier system of local government in Northamptonshire is changing from 1st April 2021.
On 1st April 2021 there will be a new council called West Northamptonshire, replacing the County Council, Northampton Borough Council, Daventry District Council and South Northamptonshire Council.
Currently in Northamptonshire, each District or Borough Council has a different LCTRS that give different levels of Council Tax Support for working age people. The introduction of the new unitary Council means that the current LCTRS will cease and a new scheme will need to be agreed.
From April 2021 we want the new West Northamptonshire Council to have LCTRS, which is affordable, consistent and fair to all our residents, wherever they live.
What is this consultation about?
The four existing Councils have been working together on draft proposals for a new West Northamptonshire Council. The proposals contained in this consultation apply to people of working age who are on low income and currently reside in Daventry District, Northampton Borough or South Northants District council areas.
We are keen to ensure that all Council Taxpayers are aware of the changes being proposed.
We want the views of our residents and other stakeholders on the scheme that is being proposed for the new council.
Our proposal for Local Council Tax Reduction Scheme 2021-2022
We want a fair and equal scheme that provides people with help with their Council Tax payments no matter where they live in West Northants.
To do this we need to bring together the current schemes for each of the district and borough councils into one single scheme for the new West Northamptonshire Council from April 2021.
The challenge we have is to balance the desire to support residents who need financial help with the cost of any scheme to all Council Taxpayers.
How do we propose to do this?
Each of the current councils have a different scheme for working age people.
There are 6 proposals for how the Local Council Tax Reduction Schemes could be brought into a single scheme from 1st April 2021.
To view details of all proposals, and to get involved with the full consultation, which is open to all residents, follow the link to Future Northants or call 01604 837355
Posted: Thu, 19 Nov 2020 13:45 by Stephanie Campbell