In April 2013, the government changed the way in which assistance is provided to Council Tax payers on low incomes. The Local Council Tax Support scheme was introduced to replace the previous national council tax benefit system.
Harlow Council introduced its Local Council Tax Support scheme in April 2013, which was designed to be affordable in the context of the reduced grant provided by the Government to fund the scheme. In doing this the Council delivered a scheme that did not impact on either the Council Tax level or other services which it provides to pay for or subsidise the new scheme.
The funding to support the scheme received from Central Government has continued to reduce in line with the other central funding cuts and is expected to continue to reduce in future years. To date, Harlow Council has not amended its local scheme to reflect this reduced funding and has not increased the contribution that claimants must make towards their Council Tax bills.
Harlow Council is considering making changes to the Local Council Tax Support Scheme (LCTS) with effect from April 2018 and wants to hear your views on the proposals.
The results of the consultation will be presented to a meeting of the Council’s Cabinet when a decision will be made as to whether to make any changes to the scheme or not for 2018/19.
The online questionnaire is available from 21 August 2017 to 1 October 2017.