Issue - meetings
2022/23 council tax reduction scheme
Meeting: 31/01/2022 - Cabinet (Item 80)
To approve the 2022/23 local council tax reduction scheme (CTR).
Cllr Harvey gave an introduction to the scheme and emphasised the benefits of the scheme to less well-off households. The proposed scheme for 2022/23 was a continuation of the scheme for 2021/22.
Cabinet members welcomed the proposals in light of continued pressure on households, noting the increase in claimants during the pandemic. The scheme allowed targeted help for those who were struggling, irrespective of the tax band of their property.
It was suggested that the council examine its data to understand the demographics of households receiving this support in order to provide more targeted support. It was also highlighted that there were very few responses to the consultation, despite the increased numbers of claimants, and that the council would look at how to improve the response rate in future.
Group leaders supported the proposal to retain the current scheme. They highlighted the impact in rural communities and combination with other pressures such as high heating fuel and petrol prices. It was noted that Talk Community was providing a growing network to direct residents to the help they needed.
It was resolved that:
The council tax reduction scheme for 2022/23, with the same parameters as the existing scheme, be approved.