Council Tax Benefit consultation

By on 11/09/2012 in News

As part of Welfare Reform the Government has announced that Council Tax Benefit is to be abolished and replaced from April 2013 by new local financial support schemes, called Council Tax Support.

How these schemes are operated will be decided by local authorities themselves. The Government has also announced that the amount it pays local authorities for their new schemes will be 10% less than it currently pays for Council Tax Benefit. For the City Council this means a financial pressure of £10.9m.

The Council has drawn up a proposed draft Scheme which will change the financial support offered to claimants.

In order to protect the most vulnerable people in the City, some claimants will not be affected by the changes we are proposing, and will continue to receive support at the same level as Council Tax Benefit. Those claimants are:

  • Pensioners
  • Claimants or their partner in receipt of war disablement and war widows/widowers pension
  • Claimants with children under 6 in their household
  • Claimants, or their partners or children who have certain disabilities

However, most other claimants will be affected by our proposals and the Council would really like to know your views about its proposed scheme, whether or not you currently claim Council Tax Benefit or expect to claim Council Tax Support.

A copy of the draft scheme, and an explanation of the main changes that are proposed can be found on www.birmingham.gov.uk/counciltaxsupport. If you do not have access to the internet, you can access it for free at your local library. Alternatively if you would prefer to be sent a copy of the scheme and explanatory documents, you can telephone us on 0121 464 5179.

Please note at this stage it is not possible to provide individual responses as to how this change could impact on the amount of council tax you may have to pay in the future. This will happen in March when you will be sent a full breakdown of how your bill has been worked out and exactly how much you will need to pay.

The Council wants to know what you think of its proposals, and residents of Birmingham and interested parties are invited to have their say on this draft scheme. The consultation period runs from Monday 10th September - Sunday 2nd December and you can become involved in the following ways:

You can complete a questionnaire online at: http://www.surveymonkey.com/s/bcccounciltaxsupport

You can attend a public meeting:

  • West Perry Common Library Saturday 15th September 11am
  • Northfield Library Thursday 20th September 5pm
  • South Yardley Library Saturday 29th September 11.30am
  • Hollyfields Centre, Erdington Thursday 4th October 6pm
  • Birmingham Midland Institute Thursday 18th October 6pm

So that refreshments can be provided and everyone accommodated it would be helpful if you could let us know if you intend to come along by emailing ctsconsultation@birmimgham.gov.uk. Don't worry if you're unsure whether you can make it, you are still welcome to turn up on the day.

You can email any comments to ctsconsultation@birmingham.gov.uk. We regret that we cannot respond to emails personally but your comments will be formally recorded.

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  1. Alex Anderson-Field says:

    I don’t see why Pensioners cart Blanche if they are in receipt of pension credits fair enough but I don’t think just all pensioners
    and what’s the difference between war windows and other widows they could be working

    I think it would be much fairer that the burden of having to pay a larger contribution was shared equally amongst all claimants and then it might come down to around 5% each as opposed to the above idea

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