The London Borough of Sutton want to consult about changing the local council tax reduction scheme from 1st April 2017.
The existing Scheme is primarily based on the previous council tax benefit scheme with a few changes. The Council has, wherever possible, aligned the Scheme with existing welfare benefits and with Universal Credit. However, when Government changes or updates the prescribed regulations to amend these benefits or credits there is generally insufficient time for the Council to report on this, make recommendations for revisions and to consult as required under the Local Government Finance Act. Therefore, the Scheme falls more out of line with other welfare benefits making it less efficient and less easier to understand.
A complete change in the council tax reduction scheme may have the advantage of making the Scheme more easy to understand and help reduce running costs.
The proposed changes in this consultation detailed below will not affect people of state pension credit age. Pensioners will continue to be assessed under the Council’s Scheme for Pensioners.
In preparation for potential changes as a result of the consultation, work is being undertaken to update the Scheme regulations to ensure all proposed changes are updated.
The Council welcomes your views on the proposals outlined in this document.
The survey should take about 15-20 minutes to complete. Responses to the questionnaire are anonymous and will not be passed on to third parties.
The consultation runs from 18th July 2016 to 9th October 2016.
To take part in the consultation go to CONSULT