Local Council Tax Support scheme for 2018/19


Your views are important to us. You do not have to be receiving Local Council Tax Support (LCTS) to contribute to this consultation.

What is this consultation about?

Local Council Tax Support is a scheme that helps people in financial need to pay their Council Tax liability. The scheme has to be designed and run by each Council and a review is carried out annually to see whether any changes should be made to the scheme.

The Council gets a grant from the Government to pay the Local Council Tax Support, but that grant is reducing each year. If we spend more than the grant, the Council has to decide how to pay for the amount of Local Council Tax Support that is paid in excess of the grant.

We therefore need your views on how the Council should fund the scheme. It is important that we have the views of local residents whether they receive any Local Council Tax Support or not, as it could affect the amount of Council Tax that you have to pay, or it could mean that we have to cut services that you use.

Who will this affect?

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 for them that is less generous than the scheme for pensioners.

The current scheme for working age people is similar to the scheme for pensioners but with the following main differences:

  • The maximum Local Council Tax Support is 75% of the Council Tax liability
  • People living in E,F,G, or H band properties are restricted to the level of a band D property
  • The capital limit is £6,000

These differences in the schemes were introduced to try to reduce the cost to Council Tax payers in the District.

Tell us what you think?

Epping Forest District Council has now started the consultation process for the 2018/19 scheme and would therefore ask you to complete a brief questionnaire

Our on-line questionnaire is available until 12 October 2017 and we need your views before we can make any changes.

If you want to make a detailed reply or comments, you should email us via the following address 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.

What happens next?

The results of the consultation will be presented to Councillors in December 2017 and they will decide whether to make any changes to the scheme for 2018/19.

Find out more

If you want to read the Local Council Tax Support scheme for 2017/18, please visit the Council Tax Support section on our website where the scheme documents are available.