We are considering making changes to the way we award Council Tax Support for claimants who receive Universal Credit – and want to hear your views.

We are proposing to introduce a new, simplified Council Tax Support scheme for working age claimants who receive Universal Credit that will fit better with the changing nature of Universal Credit claims.

Pension age claimants will not be affected by the proposed changes. There are separate regulations for pension age claimants set by central government and we have no control over these.

Also we do not want to make changes to working age claimants who are not on Universal Credit as our current scheme remains fit for purpose for these claims.

This means that the changes that we want to introduce only affect working age claimants in receipt of Universal Credit.

On the Have Your Say page, we explain what Council Tax Support is, why are we proposing a new Council Tax Support scheme, how our proposed scheme works, and what the changes could mean for claimants.

The consultation is open to all stakeholders including those in receipt of Council Tax Support, all Hertsmere residents, local businesses and the community and voluntary sector organisations.

The findings from the consultation will contribute to the final recommendations that will be put forward to the Full Council meeting in January 2020.

If approved, our intention is that the changes would come into effect from 1 April 2020.

The consultation is open from 20 August 2019 to 30 November 2019.

Have Your Say

Visit our 'Have your say' page for more information and to complete, anonymously, the short online survey.