Review of Council Tax Reduction Scheme

Background

The Council Tax Reduction (CTR) scheme provides support for Oxford residents on benefits or low incomes to pay their council tax.

We have not made any changes to our CTR scheme since 2013. However due to government cuts to funding, our CTR scheme will cost us £1.2 million this year. From 2019 it will cost us at least £1.8 million a year.  Therefore we are now proposing to alter CTR for working age people, and this means we would like to ask you for your views on the changes we want to make.

Your CTR will not be affected by our proposals if you are of pension age.

We are consulting you on the following changes we would like to make to CTR:

  • introducing income bands for people claiming Universal Credit (UC)
  • removing the second adult rebate
  • restricting backdating of awards from six months to one month
  • introducing a minimum income floor for people who are self-employed
  • reducing the amount of time people can get CTR when they are abroad
  • removing the family premium

To give us your views, please complete the survey by clicking on the link below.

You can respond to this consultation

Consultation Summary

Consultation Summary
Name Review of Council Tax Reduction Scheme
Description The Council wishes to consult on proposals to amend its Council Tax Reduction Scheme from 2018/19. This scheme provides a discount on the Council Tax for people who are on a low income.
Dates From 31 Jul 2017 at 10:00 to 24 Sep 2017 at 23:59. The results will be published by 27 Oct 2017.
Status Open
Area Covered Barton And Sandhills, Blackbird Leys, Carfax, Churchill, Cowley, Cowley Marsh, Headington, Headington Hill And Northway, Hinksey Park, Holywell, Iffley Fields, Jericho And Osney, Littlemore, Lye Valley, Marston, North, Northfield Brook, Quarry And Risinghurst, Rose Hill And Iffley, St Clement's, St Margaret's, St Mary's, Summertown, Wolvercote
Who we are consulting General Public, Housing tenants, Social Housing Tenants, Voluntary Sector
Who we are consulting (others)
Who we are consulting (committees)
Methods Used Online Consultations, Group discussions
Contact Details

Paul Wilding, pwilding@oxford.gov.uk, 01865 252461