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Reduced Council Tax Scheme West Devon - Have Your Say on Proposed Changes

7 November 2022

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West Devon's Hub Committee agrees to ask the public for their opinion on changes to their Council Tax Reduction Scheme.   

The Consultation will open on Monday 7 November and run until 18 December. 

The Council Tax Reduction Scheme is a scheme which is run by councils across the country, which recognises that households have different pressures.  

Depending on where you live, your income, the size of your family and what benefits you already claim; you could have your Council Tax bill significantly reduced. 

Each year, councils must review their scheme and decide if they are going to change it or leave it the same. 

At a meeting at the Council's Hub on Tuesday 1 November, they proposed changes, which would start in April next year. The changes reflect the extra pressures that many households are feeling right now. 

The Council are inviting the public to tell them what they think of those proposals, before they decide if they should make them happen. 

Cllr Tony Leech, West Devon Borough Council's Hub Member for Cost of Living, said: "Through these proposed changes, we want to provide a bit more support to those people in the bands of the scheme who do not already get much support.

"As a banded or graded scheme, the lower your income, the more pressures you have, the more of a reduction you get. 

"At the lower end of the scheme, the reduction is already very generous. These proposals help those who are not already getting help and recognises that some households needed to have their discount increased."

Other proposed changes include adjusting the income calculation for self-employed people and tweaking the earnings disregard to make it easier for the council to administer the scheme and make it easier to understand for residents.

To have your say, visit: 

www.engagement.westdevon.gov.uk/council-tax-reduction-2023-24 

www.surveymonkey.co.uk/r/CTAXReduction

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