Melton Borough Council

Council Tax Support consultation

How much should people on benefits pay towards their Council Tax bill

In April 2013, Council Tax Benefit (CTB) was replaced by a local Council Tax Support scheme (CTS). Customers who are entitled to CTS pay less council tax.

Under CTB the council received a grant from the government to cover the entire cost of CTB awarded. This grant was reduced from 2013/2014.

Since 2013/2014, Melton Borough Council have adopted a scheme that was similar to the old CTB but with support limited to 91.5% for people of working age.*

As a result, customers who had not paid council tax before now needed to pay at least 8.5% of their council tax bill.

This scheme was later amended in 2014/2015 with support limited to 88% and customers paying at least 12% of their council tax bill.

What is Council Tax Support (CTS)?

Continued cuts to the amount of government funding the council receives mean that the council has to find savings of £900,000 by 2019/2020.

We are looking at changing our local CTS scheme to try and help meet some of these savings and reduce cuts to other council services.

Therefore it is very important that you, our local residents, give us your views to help shape our new CTS scheme for 2017/2018.

This consultation is open from 4 August 2016 until 28 September 2016.

* Customers who are of state pension age will continue to be assessed under the national scheme and will not be affected by any changes to the local CTS scheme.