The council tax reduction scheme or (CTR) is how the council determines the level of eligibility for a reduction on how much support those considered to be on a low income will receive.
Under the current scheme, the council provides a discount to eligible working age households of up to 85% of their council tax bill (meaning that recipients of a full discount are only responsible for paying 15% of the bill).
This has remained the same for the past five years and was last revised in 2015/16 when the amount of tax payable by claimants of a working age was increased to 15% from the previous 12%.
This is achieved by the method of means testing, which takes a look at the income and capital savings of each household to determine if and how much of a reduction they are eligible to.
The council states that at present there are around 25,000 households being helped by the CTR scheme to pay their count tax.
Each year the council has to decide whether it changes the CTR scheme, the council is proposing to change the scheme in the period of 2020/21 to provide extra support for eligible low income households.
Pensioners will not be affected by any changes and will continue to receive the full 100% maximum award available so long as they are on a passported benefit such as the pension credits guarantee or they fall under their personal allowance.
The consultation will close on Friday the 20th December 2019 and will help assist the decision on the changes which are due to be made on the 1st of April 2020.
You can complete the survey which can be found via this link.