Council Tax Support Scheme NELC

Deadline 18th October 2019

North East Lincolnshire Council (NELC) would like your views on the level of council tax support offered to households and how the system operates.

Since 2013 we’ve needed to decide our own council tax support schemes. Currently NELC provide financial support towards the cost of council tax bills for low income working age households and pension households. The scheme must be affordable to the council and must not impact on the delivery of key frontline services. The term working age is referring to those households that are under 65 years of age and do not receive any state pension.   

North East Lincolnshire’s Council Tax Support Scheme Proposals

Here are the options they would like your opinion on that could be in place in 2020;

  • The level of discount provided to all working age customers changes from 75% of the council tax charge to 65%. This means that all eligible households will pay a minimum of 35% of their council tax charge in 2020. In 2021 all non-disabled households will move to 50% with those in receipt of disability benefits remaining at 65% support.
  • The level of discount provided to low income working age customers changes from 75% of council tax charge to 50%. This means that all low income working age households, including those who are disabled will pay a minimum of 50% of their council tax charge. 
  • The level of discount provided to non-disabled working age customers changes from 75% of council tax liability to 50%. This means that all non-disabled households will pay a minimum of 50% of their council tax charge. The level of support provided to disabled working age customers will remain at 75% of the council tax charge. This means that all disabled households will pay a minimum of 25% of their council tax charge.
  • The hardship scheme support fund to help those claimants suffering from extreme and unavoidable financial difficulties will continue.
  • The statutory support available for pension age claimants will remain unchanged and will not be affected by the above proposals.

To access the consultation, please click here.

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