New consultation on Council Tax Reduction Scheme

Press Release: 27/08/2015

The Council Tax Reduction Scheme consultation for 2016-17, which was launched on 1 July 2015, has been withdrawn due to changes to other welfare benefits announced in the Government’s recent budget.

The proposed changes have implications for Council Tax Reduction expenditure. A new consultation process is under way.

This consultation opens on 1 September 2015 and closes on 31 October 2015.

The scheme for pension-age claimants is set by Government and is not affected by any of the options set out in the consultation.

Winchester City Council is still committed to safeguarding its vulnerable residents who need assistance with paying their Council Tax. The Council also wants to ensure that those in work are better off.

The Council is considering a number of changes to the scheme for 2016-17 and these are explained in the consultation document at: http://www.winchester.gov.uk/council-tax/consultation-council-tax-reduction-scheme-2016-17/

No final decisions have been made and the Council is seeking views and suggestions to help design the scheme for 2016-17.

There is an online questionnaire. This is the preferred method for response – please go to http://www.winchester.gov.uk/council-tax/consultation-council-tax-reduction-scheme-2016-17/