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Colchester residents invited to give views in Local Council Tax Support consultation

Published: 21 August 2017

Colchester residents to give views in Local Council Tax Support consultation

Colchester Borough Council is inviting all residents to give their views online on how Local Council Tax Support (LCTS) should be allocated from April 2018.

Between Monday 21 August and 5pm Monday 2 October 2017 residents can go online to www.colchester.gov.uk/lcts to find more information and complete a short survey on their priorities for how the Council should distribute LCTS to those most in need.

The Council is keen to hear the views of everyone in the borough: all those paying Council Tax; residents with a low income who receive LCTS; and interested organisations. 

Views are sought on how the scheme is funded and the following proposals:

  • Disregard Bereavement Support Payments and certain charitable payments within the scheme
  • Introducing a change to how we may process Universal Credit notifications
  • Limiting scheme entitlement to Band D
  • Raising the minimum level of entitlement to £2.00 per week
  • Setting a minimum income amount for self-employed claims

The proposals take in to account Government policy which includes: guidance set nationally for pension credit age recipients and the need to protect the most vulnerable. 

A decision on Colchester's 2018-19 LCTS scheme will be made by the Council in late 2017, taking consultation responses in to account. 

Colchester Borough Council's Portfolio Holder for Resources, Councillor Mark Cory, said: "Our aim is to make the LCTS fair for all, including those struggling to make ends meet. The Council remains committed to supporting Colchester's most vulnerable residents whilst delivering efficient services. 

"We encourage all borough residents and organisations to give us their views via the short questionnaire and will carefully consider all the responses we receive."

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