Changes to Local Council Tax Support Scheme will affect 5,300 Islanders: Have your say

This is your chance to share your views on the proposals. The changes could affect more than 5,300 existing working age claimants across the Island, with some potentially seeing an increase in their council tax support and others a reduction.

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Isle of Wight residents are being reminded there is just one week to go to have their say on a consultation looking at potential changes to the Local Council Tax Support Scheme.

The annual two-month consultation – part of the process to help set council tax – closes on 30 September. No decisions have yet been made for next year.

Share your views online
The consultation presents a series of new options, influenced by financial factors including central government funding and the effects of the coronavirus pandemic. It can be accessed via the council’s Website.

The new options include reducing the maximum level of council tax support from 70 per cent to either 65 per cent or 60 per cent.

Other changes
Also among the six options are: changing the blanket protection of claimants in receipt of a disability benefit, with future reductions based on income and household details; including Carer’s Allowance in total income calculations; not including the housing element of Universal Credit in income; and changes to levels of earnings ‘disregards’ and non-dependent deductions.

Who it will affect
The changes could affect more than 5,300 existing working age claimants across the Island, with some potentially seeing an increase in their council tax support and others a reduction. Those of pension age will not be affected.

The consultation and other factors will be used to shape a final decision by the council early in 2021. If approved, changes to the scheme could be made from April next year.

Cabinet member for resources, Councillor Brian Tyndall, said:

“We would urge residents to have their say on this important consultation, which considers proposals affecting local council tax support next year.

“Currently it is estimated the council may have a shortfall due to the coronavirus pandemic of about £10 million for next year, which means we are having to closely reassess all areas of council spending.

“We are continuing to develop options to manage this very difficult situation – including in relation to the Local Council Tax Support Scheme.

“No decisions, however, have yet been made, and we would like to reassure residents we will maintain our hardship fund to ensure it has the capacity to support those in particular need. We will also play our part in supporting government schemes aimed at helping those in need on the Island.”

Respond offline
Paper copies of the survey can be requested by contacting the council on (01983) 823950. An ‘easy read’ version can be obtained by contacting People Matter on (01983) 241494.

Once the consultation closes on 30 September, the responses will be closely considered and recommendations made to the Full Council in January next year. The new scheme is due to come in from April 2021.


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Wednesday, 23rd September, 2020 12:30pm

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5 Comments on "Changes to Local Council Tax Support Scheme will affect 5,300 Islanders: Have your say"

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hialtitude

It’s punish the poor time in Toryland, yet again.

Perhaps someone should explain the meaning of the proverb ‘you can’t get blood out of a stone’ to these people.

Shameful behaviour.

Spartacus

Let’s make sure we vote the heartless uncaring parasites out.

chausettes
“Currently it is estimated the council may have a shortfall due to the coronavirus pandemic of about £10 million for next year, which means we are having to closely reassess all areas of council spending.” 1. Where is Bob Seely’s (mythical) ‘Island Deal’? 2. When will Dave Stewart ‘grow a pair’ and publicly state that Islanders are being harmed by policies that his own political party are… Read more »
henry

2+ …..and stop wasting Council taxpayers money on the floating farce when there are far more desperate things our money needs to be spent on.

JossS
Why is it our Council Tax is so high on the iow one annual increase being 6.6% others around 4.2% & 4.4% if we’re lucky! It’s higher than rates in Hampshire and parts of the New Forest. It wouldn’t rub so much ‘salt in the wound’ if you could see OUR money being invested wisely on the island but no Cllr Dave (useless) Stewart and his band… Read more »