Financial support with council tax – what do you think?

Financial support with council tax – what do you think?

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Tewkesbury Borough Council is reviewing its council tax reduction scheme – a scheme that provides financial support with council tax for residents on a low income.

A six-week consultation has launched to gather thoughts from residents on how the scheme can continue to offer financial support with council tax in the future. The consultation will end on Friday 25 October.

Council members will be asked to agree a new scheme at a meeting of full council later this year and any changes will be implemented from April 2020.

Lead member for finance and asset management, Councillor Robert Vines, said: “Funding from central government to support the scheme has reduced in recent years and it is likely to reduce further. With this is mind, we are reviewing the council tax reduction scheme and would like feedback on how we can continue to offer support for as many people as possible, without significantly reducing the overall level of support available. Your views are welcomed!”

This will only impact on working age households – those of state retirement age will be unaffected as they are subject to a national scheme.

You can give us your feedback at www.tewkesbury.gov.uk/forms/council-tax-reduction-scheme-consultation