The Council carries out consultation to shape our policies and services, and ensure they meet the needs of our residents. Everyone should have the opportunity to have their say on issues that affect them.

Council Tax Support Scheme 2018/19

Council Tax Support helps people who are on a low or have no income to pay their Council Tax. If the person qualifies, a contribution towards Council Tax is paid directly to the council tax account reducing the amount that the person has to pay.

Since 2013, when Council Tax Support replaced Council Tax Benefit, the Council has been required to set its own local scheme to determine the level of Council Tax Support paid to working age people. Support for pensioners is paid in accordance with the prescribed scheme for pensioners, which is set by the Government and is unaffected by this change.

Despite the cuts in Government funding Forest of Dean’s council tax support scheme since 2013 has continued to provide local people with broadly the same level of support they would have received had the council tax benefit scheme remained in place.

The current scheme can be viewed here.

A summary of council tax support can viewed here.

Once again, we are not proposing to make any changes to the scheme for 2018/19. We want to provide the same level of support to local working age people for a further year as there are a number of welfare reforms being implemented over the next few months which will reduce the amount of other benefits people may receive. So far we have been able to absorb the cuts in funding. The changes we made to empty property discounts have generated additional council tax income, plus there has been a reduction in caseload.        

If you would like to feedback to us on the proposed Council Tax Support Scheme for 2018/19, please email or contact Karen Haile on 01594 812564 by 29 November 2017.

Allocations Plan Consultation

We are currently carrying out a public consultation on the Main Modifications to the Allocations Plan approved at the 19 October 2017 full council meeting.  This consultation will run until 4pm on Monday 18th December 2017.

For more information and details on how to feedback your views please visit the Allocations Plan page on this website.

Hackney carriage and private hire licensing policy review 

We are reviewing our current Hackney Carriage and Private Hire Licensing Policy which we use to decide applications for driver, vehicle and operator licences. 

The 12 week consultation on the draft policy is from Monday 2 October 2017 until Friday 22 December. 

If you would like to make comment on the Council’s draft policy please: