Reminder: Give your views on proposed changes to Local Council Tax Support Schemes in North Northamptonshire
Views are still being sought on proposed changes to Local Council Tax Support Schemes in Corby, Kettering, East Northants and Wellingborough, through a consultation questionnaire, which must be completed by 30th November 2020.
The schemes provide a reduction for working-age people and households on low incomes, to help them pay their council tax bill. There are individual schemes in place for Corby, Kettering, East Northamptonshire and Wellingborough, which are administered by the councils in each area.
Each council currently offers a different level of support through their LCTSS scheme, but on 1st April 2021, there will be one new council for North Northamptonshire, replacing Northamptonshire County Council, Corby Borough Council, East Northamptonshire Council, Kettering Borough Council and the Borough Council of Wellingborough.
The formation of this new unitary Council means that the existing four schemes need to be brought together into one consistent scheme effective from April 2021, which offers the same level of Council Tax support, regardless of where in North Northamptonshire a resident lives.
Currently, the minimum Council Tax contribution that working age people must pay ranges from 8.5% to 45% across the four Councils. One proposal to bring the schemes together is for the minimum contribution to be set at 25% (therefore a maximum discount of 75%). There are also another six proposals outlined in the consultation document.
Those of pensionable age are protected by the prescribed regulations set out by central government therefore will not be affected by the changes proposed to the LCTSS in North Northamptonshire, and will continue to receive the same level of support that they have been used to getting from their current council.
Full details about the scheme, how the proposals were developed and the other options considered, along with the consultation questionnaire, are available online: https://futurenorthants.citizenspace.com/lctss-north/2021-22
The consultation runs until 30th November 2020 and the final scheme will be agreed by the North Shadow Executive Committee in January 2021. All responses are anonymous and participants are not required to submit their name or address.