Changes to council tax support system in South Holland

Coun Peter Coupland, portfolio holder for finance, South Holland District Council.
Coun Peter Coupland, portfolio holder for finance, South Holland District Council.
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South Holland District Council is considering possible changes to the support it gives people struggling to pay their council tax.

The council is asking for the public’s views on plans to revise its current Council Tax Support scheme.

In a bid to save just over £200,000 in 2017/18, the council is considering whether to scrap the 25 per cent reduction in council tax given to people whose income is too high to receive full Council Tax support.

This is despite such people living in a household with other adults whose combined income is low.

Coun Peter Coupland, the district council’s portfolio holder for finance, said: “In recent years the council has experienced major financial changes due to reductions in funding from central government, volatility in financing and cost/income pressures on services.

“However, we also aim to develop safer, stronger, healthier and more independent communities whilst protecting the most vulnerable.

“Any protection in the existing scheme will not be changed but will be strengthened by the inclusion of a hardship policy.”

Other changes to the scheme may include a minimum weekly council tax charge of £5, a cut in the minimum capital savings before council tax support is calculated and a five per cent cut in the maximum discount allowed,

Coun Coupland said: “We value your opinions and they will help us make an informed decision so if you are affected by these changes, please have your say.”

To complete the survey you can visit www.sholland.gov.uk or collect a copy from the district council offices in Priory Road, Spalding.

The deadline for responses is 5pm on Wednesday, December 14, ahead of a final decision by the full council on January 18.