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Council Tax Support Scheme Consultation

This consultation is now closed.

On the 1 April 2021 the Council implemented its own scheme of support to help those people on low incomes pay their Council Tax. See full details of the current scheme.

We are welcoming comments from residents in the Forest of Dean District on the Council’s proposal for amending its current scheme to take effect from 1 April 2023 which we think will help support those who most need it.

The consultation ran until Sunday 2 October 2022.

The Proposal

Current scheme

Under the current scheme for working age claimants, the percentage of Council Tax Support paid is based on the current income bands: 

Band  Discount Single Person
(weekly net income)
Single Person
with
children

(weekly net income)
Couple 
(weekly net income)
Couple
with children

(weekly net income)
Band 1 90% £0 - £75 £0 - £150 £0 - £115 £0 – £200
Band 2 70% £75.01 – £100 £150.01 – £175 £115.01 – £150 £200.01 – £250
Band 3 50% £100.01 – £125 £175.01 - £225 £150.01 - £200

£250.01 – £300

Band 4 30% £125.01 – £150 £225.01 – £275 £200.01 – £250 £300.01 – £350
Band 5 10% £150.01 – £175 £275.01 – £325 £250.01 - £300 £350.01 – £400
Band 6 0% £175.01 + £325.01 +

£300.01 +

£400.01 +

 

Proposed Scheme

The Government uprated benefits for 2022/2023 by 3%. An example of how this has affected some residents is as follows:

The current Band for a single person is £0 - £75. The Housing Benefit applicable amount (being the amount the Government considers a person should be able to live on) is £77 and £77.28 for Universal Credit.  Already they are out of the top band (90%) for support.

We propose to amend this by increasing the income bands by £10.00 a week to support residents with the increasing cost in living as follows:

Band  Discount Single Person
(weekly net income)
Single Person
with
children

(weekly net income)
Couple 
(weekly net income)
Couple
with children

(weekly net income)
Band 1 90% £0 - £80 £0 - £160 £0 - £125 £0 – £210
Band 2 70% £80.01 – £105 £160.01 – £185 £125.01 – £160 £210.01 – £260
Band 3 50% £105.01 – £130 £185.01 - £235 £160.01 - £210

£260.01 – £310

Band 4 30% £130.01 – £155 £235.01 – £285 £210.01 – £260 £310.01 – £350
Band 5 10% £155.01 – £180 £285.01 – £335 £260.01 - £310 £350.01 – £410
Band 6 0% £180.01 + £335.01 +

£310.01 +

£410.01 +