Have your say on the future of Council Tax Support in Rotherham
- Have your say on the future of Council Tax Support in Rotherham
- What is the current Council Tax Support scheme (You are here)
- Why is the Council considering changes
- Options on changing the current Local Council Tax Support Scheme
- Frequently Asked Questions
- How can you give us your views?
What is the current Council Tax Support scheme
Since April 2013, when Council Tax Benefit was abolished, the way we have helped people on low income to pay Council Tax changed. From that date the nationwide Council Tax Benefit scheme ended and councils were required to introduce their own local scheme, which here in Rotherham was called the Council Tax Support Scheme.
The Local Council Tax Support Scheme works as a Council Tax discount. The level of discount is based on the household income and circumstances. Currently the maximum discount provided by Rotherham Council is 91.5 per cent of Council Tax for working age households and 100 per cent for pensioner households. This is higher than a lot of other similar local authorities.
The funding we now receive for Council Tax Support is no longer based on the amount of support awarded but is part of the general resources received by us as the Council and this funding has been severely cut in recent years. The substantial and sustained budget pressures we are facing in the main result from the reduced levels of government grant and increased demand for services, particularly in relation to children and young people’s care and adult care services. This means we must make bigger cuts elsewhere in order to provide essential additional budget resources to these services.