Changes to help those with low-incomes to pay their tax
North Kesteven District Council is introducing further changes to the support scheme which helps those with low-incomes to pay their Council Tax.
A year on from consultation on the initial proposals which came into effect in April changing the way benefits are allocated, NKDC is having to tweak its local Council Tax Support scheme further to balance the books.
Those who are pension-age, disabled, war pensioners or carers will be protected from any change and will continue to receive full support in meeting their Council Tax costs.
Between October 7 and November 6 comments are welcomed on the various changes suggested to the support scheme for the coming year – all of which are detailed at www.n-kesteven.gov.uk or in leaflets available from all NKDC offices, local access points and parish councils.
Proposed changes include: Stopping anyone living in a house above Band C or D from receiving Council Tax support; Increasing the maximum entitlement of support to 90 or 92.5 per cent of the bill, which would mean paying 10 per cent or 7.5 per cent of what is due; Increasing minimum entitlement to £3 or £3.50 a week, so that anyone entitled to less than this loses their support. It is currently £2.50; Include child benefits into a household’s income calculation, either in full, by 50% or 75%. It is currently excluded; Similarly include a proportion of child maintenance in the income calculation.
The Council operates a discretionary payments fund to support those who are struggling to meet their payments as a result of these and other changes to their benefits as a result of Welfare Reform.