CTR is a local scheme that reduces the amount of Council Tax that low income households have to pay.
With the exception of pensioners, who are protected by law, and some care leavers under the age of 25, Dudley’s CTR scheme requires everyone to pay a minimum 23% towards their Council Tax.
Under the current CTR scheme:
- When the council is advised that someone has claimed Universal Credit, we try to contact the customer to encourage them to claim CTR;
- When there is a change in circumstance or to the amount of Universal Credit awarded, in nearly all cases, an adjustment is made to the CTR award and a new Council Tax bill is issued, even if it is for a small amount. This can confuse customers as to the amount of Council Tax they have to pay. This is also costly for the Council to administer.
In light of the above, the Council is considering two proposals, and we want your views on whether each of the changes should be included in the CTR scheme from 1 April 2020. What the consultation asks?
This consultation is seeking views on:
- Allowing the Council to treat notifications of Universal Credit awards as applications for CTR.
- Introducing a ‘de minimus’ element where, following a change of circumstances, the Council would only amend the CTR award when it changes by £3 a week or more.
This consultation closes 12th January 2020.