Council Tax reduction consultation

Last updated on: 22-Oct-2021

For some people on low income, paying their council tax is a challenge.

If you receive a DWP Benefit such as Universal Credit, Income Support, Jobseekers Allowance, Tax Credits or you are in receipt of a low income you can apply to get help from our Council Tax Reduction Scheme, which, as the name suggests, means you do not have to pay your full council tax bill. However, the scheme is complicated, can be difficult to understand and is time consuming for applicants.

We want to make changes to our scheme to make it simpler, easier to understand and fairer for all, and we need your views on what we are planning to do. However, Pension age households will not be affected as Central Government prescribe their scheme.

This is not about the council cutting costs – the amount of money available to help people meet their council tax bills remains the same, we are just proposing to distribute it in a different way.

In the vast majority of cases, people will see no difference in the amount of support they receive, or may even receive an increase.

But there will be some people who will not get the same amount of financial support from the Council Tax Reduction Scheme as they do now. However, we will know who those people are and we will support them to ensure they do not fall into financial difficulties.

This form may be completed on your behalf by a family member, friend or by any person or organisation which supports you. However, should you still like help in completing the form, contact us via ctr@gravesham.gov.uk or telephone 01474 337710 and we will help you through the process.

If you’d like to read more detailed background information about the current Council Tax Reduction Scheme please.

Have your say

It’s really important that as many of you as possible take part in our consultation and make your views known to us. It runs until midnight on 24th December 2021

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