Council Tax Reduction Scheme Consultation 2023/24

Closes 16 Dec 2022

Opened 22 Sep 2022

Overview

Central Government abolished Council Tax Benefit in 2013; every Council was tasked with designing its own local scheme to provide financial support to working-age residents.

Pension-age residents remained unaffected by the changes and will continue to do so.

Between April 2013 and March 2020, Redbridge Council Tax Reduction Scheme (CTRS) was based on former Council Tax Benefit rules with an upper limit on the amount of support a household could receive.

In April 2020, it was replaced by the current banded scheme which can be found here

https://www.redbridge.gov.uk/council-tax/apply-for-council-tax-reduction-scheme/council-tax-reduction-scheme-rules/

The Council recognise that many of our residents are feeling the squeeze of the increased cost of energy, petrol, and food prices. We are working with our partners across the public and voluntary sectors to support our residents, and particularly those who are vulnerable and hardest hit by the cost-of-living crisis.

For more information about the support we are providing, please visit

https://www.redbridge.gov.uk/benefits/household-support-fund/

and

https://www.redbridge.gov.uk/benefits/discretionary-housing-and-hardship-payments/

The council, like all other authorities, are facing additional budget pressures as result of the rising costs in energy and fuel charges. Despite this, any increase in Council Tax for 2023/2024 will be below the rate of inflation.

To find out more about Council Tax please visit

https://www.redbridge.gov.uk/council-tax/

 

Why your views matter

The Council already provides a significant level of support through our current Council Tax Reduction Scheme for working-age residents. We are proposing to retain this scheme for the forthcoming financial year, 2023/24 and we are consulting on this. The approved scheme must be agreed by 11 March 2023 to ensure a start date of 1 April 2023.

We are proposing to retain the Council Tax Reduction Scheme to

 

  • Maintain the stability of our scheme for working-age residents
  • Retain the council’s hardship fund for vulnerable residents who are experiencing financial difficulty with their Council Tax payments.
  • Strike a balance between the need to provide financial stability to residents while maintaining a scheme that is financially sustainable for the Council’s wider budget

We would like you to have your say on the Council’s proposal by taking part in this survey. It should not take more than 10 minutes to complete, and your opinion is important to us.  Your responses to this survey are completely anonymous.

Give us your views

Areas

  • All Areas

Audiences

  • Council Tenants and Leaseholders
  • Older people
  • Community and Voluntary Sector
  • Religious groups
  • Landlords
  • Providers
  • People with a disability
  • People who are LGBT
  • Immigrants and asylum seekers
  • BAME groups
  • People with no recourse to public funds
  • People on benefits
  • Council staff

Interests

  • Budget
  • Council Tax
  • Benefits
  • Housing
  • Neighbourhoods