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Simplifying the Council Tax Support Scheme for Hertsmere

Last Modified January 23, 2020

A decision was reached at last night’s (Wednesday 22 January) Full Council meeting to simplify some elements of the Council Tax Support Scheme in our borough.

A banded approach for working age people receiving Universal Credit will be introduced from April this year. The council also agreed that £100,000 should be set aside in a Discretionary Council Tax Support Fund to ensure that no-one is worse off during the transition from the current scheme to the new arrangements.

The move follows a period of consultation which ran from August to November last year, during which residents and other interested parties were invited to have their say about a range of proposals.

Managing Director, Sajida Bijle, explained: “Currently the amount of support a household can receive is calculated based on previous Council Tax Benefit Regulations. This is a complex, means-tested calculation so we’re now introducing a simplified and banded scheme for working age claimants who are earning and who receive Universal Credit.

“We’re grateful to everyone who took the time to register their views on the proposals, which were all considered.”

Pension age claimants are not affected by the proposed changes. The change will introduce a banded income scheme for people who receive Universal Credit. This means the amount of support someone receives through their council tax will be determined by what band their income falls into.

To read the full report, visit our council agendas and go to item 7 of full council meeting agenda for 22 January 2020. 

Posted on Thursday 23rd January 2020

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