Council Tax reduction scheme

Article dated Tuesday Nov 28, 2017 at 12:01 PM

 

Bradford Council’s consultation on a new Council Tax Reduction scheme is coming to an end this week - don’t forget to have your say.

Council Tax Reduction is a local scheme which provides Council Tax discounts for qualifying residents of working age. Those of pension age will not be affected.

The scheme started in 2013/14 when it was paid for by government grants. However the government has since cut its grants by £120 million leaving the council with the choice of changing the scheme to reduce its cost, or to make savings from elsewhere.

The proposed changes include reducing the maximum level of support provided by the scheme for all claimants and removing entitlement from anyone who would otherwise qualify for less than £4 per week.

Councillor Susan Hinchcliffe, Bradford Council Leader and Portfolio Holder for Corporate Services, said: "The government is cutting Bradford Council’s Revenue Support Grant down to zero by 2020. This huge cut has consequences for people in our district and the way in which services can be provided.

"We are seeking to bridge some of that huge funding gap created by government cuts in the fairest possible way and we are keen to make sure that those who most need it are supported.

"No decisions have yet been made, so it’s really important that people give us their views and have their say by taking part in this consultation.

"Meanwhile, we are continuing to state our case to government loud and clear that they need to fund Bradford fairly and allocate the significant investment our district needs for economic growth and shared prosperity."

To read more about the proposed changes and to have your say in the council’s online survey, go to our Council Tax Reduction scheme consultation page. The consultation closes on Friday 1 December.

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