Residents reminded to have their say on changes to Council Tax scheme

PEOPLE in Rother are being reminded to have their say on the council’s proposed changes to the Council Tax Reduction scheme.

A consultation on the proposals to improve access to the scheme for self-employed people who are also carers and those self-employed residents who are registered disabled closes on Monday, September 27.

Under the changes, which were proposed by the council’s Anti-Poverty Task and Finish Group, the minimum level of income the council estimates a resident earns when assessing entitlement would be reduced to ensure those households where full-time work is not possible are not disadvantaged.

Cllr Sam Coleman, Chairman of the Anti-Poverty Task and Finish Group at Rother District Council, said: “It is important that as many residents as possible are able to access the support they need.

“We believe the proposed changes will improve access to the Council Tax Reduction Scheme for those who are not helped by the existing scheme, particularly self-employed people who are also carers and those self-employed residents who are registered disabled.

“I encourage all residents to make sure they have their say on the proposals by taking part in the consultation before it closes at the end of the month.”

Following the consultation period, the feedback will be analysed and used to develop a final proposal. Cabinet and Full Council approval of the changes will be sought in November and December 2021.

People can respond to the online survey at https://www.rother.gov.uk/ctrs2021, email comments via consultations@rother.gov.uk, or submit their feedback in writing to Council Tax Reduction scheme consultation, Rother District Council, Town Hall, Bexhill-on-Sea, TN39 3JX.

Published: 16th September 2021