Issue details

Council Tax Reduction (CTR) Scheme - Proposed Changes

The Council’s CTR Working Age Scheme was introduced in April 2013 and the scheme allowed for the automatic adoption of annual uprating changes.  Since then, there have been a significant number of legislative changes which have both modified the Housing Benefit scheme and given Prescribed Requirements to the State Pension Age Scheme to align it with the Housing Benefit (HB) scheme. This has led to fundamental differences between the schemes currently in operation.

 

The current Working Age CTR scheme also makes no allowance for those customers who receive Universal Credit (UC).  IBC will fall under a Full Service UC area from April 2018 and the number of claims received for CTR from UC customers is expected to steadily rise. Migration to UC will be undertaken for those qualifying customers on legacy benefits in due course. The scheme needs to be amended to allow for this fundamental change.

 

Permission to amend the scheme (subject to consultation) will be sought from Executive/Council in January 2018.

Decision type: Key

Decision status: Recommendations Approved

Wards affected: (All Wards);

Notice of proposed decision first published: 30/10/2017

Decision due: 9 Jan 2018 by Executive

No change since last plan

Lead member: Portfolio Holder: Communities

Contact: Amy Mayes Email: amy.mayes@ipswich.gov.uk Tel: 01473 432000.

Consultation process

The Council is required to:

Consult any major precepting authority which has power to issue a precept to it - For Ipswich Borough Council this would be Suffolk County Council and the Police & Crime Commissioner for Suffolk,

 

Publish a draft scheme in such manner as it thinks fit - by publishing the revised CTR Scheme on the Council’s Web Site, provided that attention is drawn to it on the ‘home’ page and elsewhere, e.g. in the signature panel of all Council e-mails; in every Council Tax, CTR and Housing Benefit letter sent out; Posters in Customer Service public facing offices; issuing a press release.

 

Consult such other persons as it considers are likely to have an interest in the operation of the scheme i.e. Council Tax liable persons; those currently in receipt of a Council Tax Reduction (CTR); advisors for debt problems (e.g.  SCC FIAS, CAB, IHAG, Step Change and Shelter); landlords, in particular, Social Landlords and the Council’s own Housing Dept.

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