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We need your views on proposed changes to the Council Tax Reduction Scheme

We have launched a public consultation on proposed changes to our Council Tax Reduction Scheme.

Councillor David Glasspool, Lead Member with responsibility for Treasury, said,

“In July this year the Chancellor, George Osborne, announced a number of important changes to benefits. These changes will result in claimants generally receiving less income through welfare benefits in the future.

“The Council needs to decide whether to change its Council Tax Reduction Scheme so that it reflects at a local level the changes the Government is making. We also need to consider any financial impact these changes will create and whether the Council will meet or share the financial burden with claimants.

“I urge all residents to get involved in this consultation on the proposed changes to this scheme.”

To take part in the consultation see consultations.

You could also pick up a paper copy from any of the borough’s libraries.  A paper copy of the survey and background information has been sent to the 6,000 residents who would be directly impacted by changes to the Council Tax Reduction Scheme.

  • Until April 2013, help with Council Tax for people on low incomes was paid centrally in the form of Council Tax Benefit. Since then each local authority has created a local scheme. In Kingston, we have the Council Tax Reduction Scheme. This costs the Council over £1million a year. Households with low income may be entitled to a reduction on their Council Tax, depending on factors like income, savings and size of the household. Kingston’s Council Tax Reduction Scheme is more generous than those run by many other local councils.