Decision details

Report of the Director of Mid Kent Services - Council Tax Reduction Scheme 2017/2018

Decision Maker: Policy and Resources Committee

Decision status: Recommendations Approved

Is Key decision?: No

Is subject to call in?: Yes


To consider the proposed changes to the Council Tax Reduction Scheme.



RESOLVED:  That having noted the outcome of the public consultation and considered the potential impact of the proposed changes on working age claimants with the protected characteristics of disability, age and sex, under the Equalities Act (2010), the Council be recommended to approve the council tax reduction scheme as amended by the Policy and Resources Committee at its meeting on 23 November 2016 as detailed below:-

Option 1 – Reducing the maximum level of support for working age applicants from 87% to 80% - Recommendation to Implement


Option 2 – Removing the Family Premium for all new working age applicants – Recommendation to Implement


Option 3 – Reducing backdating to one month – Recommendation to Reject


Option 4 – Using a minimum income (notional income) for self-employed earners after one year’s self-employment – Recommendation to Reject


Option 5 – Reducing the period for which a person can be absent from Great Britain and still receive Council Tax Reduction to four weeks – Recommendation to Implement


Option 6 – Reducing the capital limit from the existing £16,000 to £6,000 – Recommendation to Reject


Option 7 – Introducing a standard level of non-dependant deduction of £10 for all claimants who have non-dependants resident with them – Recommendation to Reject


Option 8 – Taking any Child Maintenance paid to a claimant or partner into account in full in the calculation of Council Tax Reduction – Recommendation to Reject


Option 9 – Restricting the maximum level of Council Tax Reduction payable to the equivalent of a Band D charge – Recommendation to Reject


Option 10 – Removing Second Adult Reduction from the Scheme – Recommendation to Reject

Option 11 – Removing the work related activity component in the calculation of Council Tax Reduction – Recommendation to Implement


Option 12 – Limiting the number of dependent children within the calculation for Council Tax Reduction to a maximum of two – Recommendation to Implement


Option 13 – Introducing a scheme, in addition to Council Tax Reduction, to help applicants suffering exceptional hardship – Recommendation to Implement


Wards Affected: (All Wards);

Contact: Stephen McGinnes Stephen McGinnes Email:

Report author: Stephen McGinnes

Publication date: 25/11/2016

Date of decision: 23/11/2016

Decided: 23/11/2016 - Policy and Resources Committee

Effective from: 03/12/2016

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