A consultation on council tax support for North Herts Council launched today (21 September 2022). This is the first major review of the scheme since 2013 and proposes that the lowest income households across North Herts receive 100% council tax relief.
The proposed changes would harmonise support for working-age people on low incomes across the district and come into effect on 1 April 2023.
Councillor Ian Albert, North Herts Executive Member for Finance and IT, said: “The aim of these proposals is to enable the council to provide a scheme that would give more help to the people who need it most.
“A simplified support scheme could also make it easier for customers to calculate their entitlements, which goes towards helping the council meet its People First priority. The scheme would also reduce the administration involved, therefore making it quicker to process claims and reducing costs for the council.
“We welcome views from residents and groups working in our communities and would be grateful if you could take a moment of your time to complete the survey.”
The consultation runs until midnight on Sunday 30 October and proposes a simplified approach that will be easier to administer. Under the proposals, a single person with an income up to £100 per week, or a couple with two children on a weekly income below £260, would be entitled to the full 100% council tax relief. However, some families with an income below £515 a week could be eligible for some support.
Notes to editors
- The consultation is available here: Council Tax Reduction Scheme consultation | North Herts Council (north-herts.gov.uk)
- The scheme for pension age applicants is set by Government and will continue unchanged.