Consultation on Local Council Tax Support scheme for 2019/20

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Local council tax support for 2019/20 is being reviewed so we are seeking the views of local residents on a new scheme to replace the current one and consultation is open now, until 21 December.

The scheme helps local people in financial need to pay their Council Tax. All local councils must have a scheme that they administer themselves and reviewed annually to see whether any changes should be made.

Epping Forest District Council gets a grant from the Government for its scheme, but that grant is reducing each year and there is now less funding from the grant than the annual cost of the scheme.

“It is important therefore that we have the views of local residents – whether they receive Local Council Tax Support or not – as it could affect the amount of Council Tax they have to pay, or it could mean that we have to cut service to meet the costs of the 2019/20 scheme,” said Cllr Gagan Mohindra, Portfolio Holder for Finance.

People of pension age have been protected by the Government and they have their own scheme for Local Council Tax Support. However, for people of working age, the Council has had to design a scheme that is less generous than the scheme for pensioners.

Epping Forest District Council is not proposing any changes for the scheme in 2019/20 but has to undertake the consultation process..

Consultation is via an on-line questionnaire available until 21 December 2018. Please let us have your views on whether you agree with this or whether you think changes should be made, before we decide on the scheme for next year. The brief questionnaire is available here:

If you would like to make a detailed reply or comment, you can email benefits@eppingforestdc.gov.uk and enter ‘consultation’ in the subject heading. If you do not have access to a computer, you can request a paper copy from the Benefits Division at the Civic Offices. Unfortunately, we will not be able to respond individually to each response. The results of the consultation will be presented to Councillors in February 2019.

Details of the Local Council Tax Support scheme for 2018/19 are available on the Council Tax Support section of our website: www.eppingforestdc.gov.uk