Views sought on changes to Council Tax scheme

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

A consultation on the planned changes to improve access to the scheme for self-employed people who are also carers and those self-employed residents who are registered disabled opened today, Monday, August 16.

Under the proposals 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 Kevin Dixon, portfolio holder for Finance and Performance Management at Rother District Council, said: “We are conscious that our existing Council Tax Reduction scheme does not sufficiently help those self-employed residents who are not able to work full time and in particular where they are carers or where they are disabled.

“We are keen to ensure as many people as possible can access this support and believe the proposed changes will help us address the current imbalance.

“I would encourage residents to take part in the consultation so they can let us know their views.”

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 Consultations (CTRS21), Programme Office & Policy Team, Rother District Council, Town Hall, Bexhill-on-Sea, TN39 3JX.

The deadline for all responses is 5 pm on Monday, September 27.

Published: 16th August 2021