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Local Council Tax Support Scheme 2024/25

Meeting: 16/11/2023 - Executive (Item 540)

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Decision:

RESOLVED

 

KEY DECISION

 

That the Executive

 

a)      Considered the information as set out in the report and endorsed a proposed 2024/25 Local Council Tax Support Scheme which maintains the current 2023/24 scheme, allowing for the changes required to reflect the annual uprating of allowances and premiums and any statutory base legislation changes which are requires to be made to the scheme.

 

b)      Recommended the proposed Local Council Tax Support Scheme 2024/25 to Council for approval at its meeting on 7th December 2023.

 

 

Reason for Recommendations – to deliver a Local Council Tax Support Scheme for 2024/25 that meets statutory requirements.

 

Alternative Options Considered – The Council could choose to increase or     decreased the minimum contribution payable to the customer. Decreasing the contribution would lead to a budget pressure and increasing the contribution would result in the scheme exceeding the breakeven requirement as detailed in sections 7.1.2 and 7.1.3 of the report.

 

 

Minutes:

The Chair invited Cllr Lloyd Bunday, Executive Member for Finance and Transformation to introduce a report that updated the Executive on the Local Council Tax Support (CTS) Scheme for 2023/24 and proposed the continuation of the scheme for 2024/25.

 

Cllr Bunday noted the statutory requirement for the Council to operate a Local Council Tax Support Scheme and advised the meeting that following unitarisation in April 2021 a single scheme had been consulted on and implemented for North Northamptonshire resulting in a scheme where all working age claimants were required to pay a minimum of 25% towards their Council Tax liability. In the years following that decision it had been agreed to maintain the same level of support. It was now proposed to continue with the scheme for 2024/25 with a recommendation to Full Council on that basis.

 

Details of the current number of CTS claimants were provided, with the meeting noting that the current CTS expenditure for 2023/24 amounted to £16.7m, a figure that had the possibility of increasing or decreasing dependent on claimant caseload before the end of the financial year.

 

Members’ attention was drawn to the support available for those facing financial hardship as well as the cost to the Council of offering these discretionary discounts to eligible claimants.

 

 

RESOLVED

 

KEY DECISION

 

That the Executive

 

a)      Considered the information as set out in the report and endorsed a proposed 2024/25 Local Council Tax Support Scheme which maintains the current 2023/24 scheme, allowing for the changes required to reflect the annual uprating of allowances and premiums and any statutory base legislation changes which are requires to be made to the scheme.

 

b)      Recommended the proposed Local Council Tax Support Scheme 2024/25 to Council for approval at its meeting on 7th December 2023.

 

 

Reason for Recommendations – to deliver a Local Council Tax Support Scheme for 2024/25 that meets statutory requirements.

 

Alternative Options Considered – The Council could choose to increase or     decreased the minimum contribution payable to the customer. Decreasing the contribution would lead to a budget pressure and increasing the contribution would result in the scheme exceeding the breakeven requirement as detailed in sections 7.1.2 and 7.1.3 of the report.