Issue details

Council Tax Support Scheme

Cabinet received a report which was submitted following consultation to date on proposals for the Council Tax Support Scheme 2016/17 including discussion at the Joint Budget Scrutiny on 26 November 2015.


The purpose of the report was for Cabinet to make a recommendation to Council on the Council Tax Support Scheme to be implemented in Peterborough from April 2016 including the introduction of a council tax discretionary hardship policy.


Cabinet considered the report and NOTED:


1.  The feedback received to date on the consultation and proposed changes to the council tax support scheme, including the additional consultation response as tabled at the meeting;



2.  To approve a Local Council Tax Support Scheme for Peterborough that contains the following components, as set out in the report:


a)    No change to the existing scheme reduction of 30% for all eligible working age claimants;

b)    Aligns the Council tax support scheme to Housing Benefit rules making it less complicated for claimants, namely to:


i)             Limit backdating of council tax support to one month;

ii)            Removes family premiums from all new claimants, or existing claimants who would otherwise have had a new entitlement to the premium, with effect from 1 May 2016.

Cabinet further RESOLVED:


3.     To approve the introduction of a council tax discretionary hardship policy with effect from 1 April 2016.



Decision type: Non-key

Decision status: Recommendations Approved

Notice of proposed decision first published: 16/10/2015

Decision due: 18 Jan 2016 by Cabinet

Lead member: Cabinet Member for Resources

Lead director: Corporate Director Resources

Department: Resources

Contact: Steven Pilsworth, Service Director Financial Services Email:; Tel: 01733 384564 Email: Tel: 01733 384564.

Consultation process

Relevant internal and external stakeholders.

Relevant Scrutiny Committee: Sustainable Growth and Environment Capital

Meeting Open to Public: N/A


Agenda items


  • It is not anticipated that there will be any documents other than the report and relevant appendices to be published.