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;
And RESOLVED TO RECOMMEND TO COUNCIL:
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
Relevant internal and external stakeholders.
Relevant Scrutiny Committee: Sustainable Growth and Environment Capital
Meeting Open to Public: N/A