Consultation on Proposed Changes to Council Tax Support: Deadline 28th October

West Oxfordshire District Council is consulting with residents about amendments to its Council Tax Reduction Scheme which, if agreed, would come into effect from April 2017.

The scheme supports working age people on low incomes by reducing their council tax payments.

The proposed changes would bring the scheme in line with Universal Credit and Housing Benefit whilst ensuring it remains fair for everyone and encourages unemployed people to seek work.

The maximum amount of Council Tax discount in West Oxfordshire is 91.5% and this will not change.

Cllr Toby Morris, Cabinet Member for Resources said: “Our proposed changes will make the scheme easier for claimants to understand as the principles will be similar to Housing Benefit and Universal Credit. I can assure residents that the level of support given by the Council to those on low incomes and in the greatest need will remain the same.”

Residents identified as vulnerable or in receipt of a state pension will not be impacted by any of the changes.

Changes proposed include:

  • limiting the number of dependent children within the calculation to a maximum of two
  • reducing the period a person can be absent from Great Britain and still receive a reduction to four weeks
  • reducing backdating for new claims from six months to one month.

The consultation is open to everyone and details can be found on www.westoxon.gov.uk/ctrs.

The consultation deadline is 28 October 2016. A report will be considered by councillors in January 2017.