Council Tax Reduction is a discount for Council Tax. The level of discount is based on the income of the household. Currently the maximum discount for pension age households is 100% and for working age households 80% of Council Tax liability.
The Council can only make changes to the working age scheme as the Council Tax Reduction scheme for pensioners is prescribed by Government.
The CTR scheme in Rother currently helps around 6401 households on a low income to pay their council tax. Of these, 3,648 households are of working age and their eligibility is calculated using Rother's Local Council Tax Reduction Scheme. 2,753 are of pension age and their eligibility is calculated using the national scheme.
What is this consultation about?
Councils are required to review their Council Tax Reduction schemes each year and decide if they want to make any changes. Before we make any changes, they must be subject to public consultation.
Rother District Council is proposing two changes to its working age scheme to start from 1 April 2024.
- To increase the maximum level of support for working-age applicants from 80% to 100% and
- To remove the minimum award of £5 per week. This means that we will pay Council Tax Reduction even if it’s less than £5.
All other parts of the existing scheme will remain unchanged.
Who will this affect?
Working-age households in Rother who currently receive or will apply for Council Tax Reduction.
Further information on the proposed changes is detailed within the 6 November 2023 Cabinet report.
The consultation will close at midnight on Friday, 22 December 2023.
What happens after the consultation period has ended?
The council will use the information collected from this consultation to assist in making its decision on any changes to the CTR scheme from 1 April 2024.