Local Council Tax Support Scheme
The government is abolishing the current national Council Tax Benefit scheme. From the 1st April 2013 all councils have to provide a local scheme. In Rochdale Borough this will be known as the Local Council Tax Support Scheme.
Under the existing scheme the council receives almost all of the funding it needs from government to cover the costs of the benefits it pays out. But the government is giving councils less money to pay for the new schemes.
In Rochdale we expect to receive a reduction in funding of approximately £2.4million for 2013/2014. This shortfall means we need to make some difficult decisions about who gets Council Tax Support and how much. Obviously we have to also consider the fact that we’ll have a bigger shortfall if more people claim benefit next year.
Rochdale Council is proposing a new scheme that seeks to be as fair as possible and protects our most vulnerable residents. However, everyone currently entitled to council tax benefit, except for current and future council tax benefit claimants of pension credit age, could be affected. Other residents may also be affected by the proposed changes as they may move onto benefit in the future, so it’s important everyone has their say.
Current and future council tax benefit claimants of pension credit age are protected from the changes and will continue to receive financial support based on the government’s national council tax benefit scheme.
We are asking for your views on the proposed Local Council Tax Support Scheme, you can do this by clicking the link below and completing a short survey. In the related documents section below you can find some Frequently Asked Questions and Case Studies that may help you understand the proposed changes.