Our existing council tax support scheme was developed based on a framework agreed as part of a consultation undertaken with local residents, Hertfordshire County Council, the Hertfordshire Police and Crime Commissioner and other interested parties. The scheme is similar to its predecessor, the council tax benefit scheme, and protects pensioners and disabled claimants of working age. Details of the scheme can be found here.
We are proposing to make some minor changes to the 2018/19 council tax support scheme and wish to seek the views of our residents.
There are proposed changes to two areas of the scheme:
• Non-dependent deductions
• Council tax liability for working households
A non-dependent deduction is payable where there are adult members residing as part of the Council Tax payer’s household e.g. adult children who continue to reside at home.
Under the current arrangements a deduction is made from the council tax support payable for each ‘non-dependent’ member of the household; £5 is deducted for any adult non dependent earning under £150 per week and £10 for every adult earning over £150.
It is proposed to increase the non-dependent deduction to £11.55 for those earning over £150. The deduction will remain the same for non-dependents earnng under £150 per week.
This will bring this element of the scheme in line with the previous housing benefit scheme.
Council tax liability
Within the current council tax support scheme, working age claimants are liable for the first 20% of their Council Tax (unless they are exempt because, for example, the claimant has a disability).
We propose to increase this to 25% for non-exempt working age claimants. This will result in an additional liability of around £1.46 per week. The reason for this is that the average amount payable per claim has increased significantly since the scheme started, outstripping the rise in council tax cost. This proposed change will restore the level of council tax payable to that intended by the original scheme.
Your views are important to us and will be taken into consideration before deciding on the final scheme for 2018/19. All responses will be treated in confidence and in accordance with the Data Protection Act 1998. Please leave blank those questions you do not wish to answer.
All local residents are invited to share their views of the proposed changes here.