Each year the council must decide whether to change the local council tax support (LCTS) scheme for working age applicants in its area.
The changes will only affect working age claimants who currently receive LCTS or who may apply in the future.
The locally agreed changes we are consulting upon do not affect people of pension age. The LCTS rules for these claimants are set nationally by the government.
Have your say
With this consultation we are seeking your views and suggestions to help us design the scheme for 2023/24. We would like the consultation to be as wide as possible and invite responses from all interested parties.
Overview of the Local Council Tax Support scheme proposals for 2023-24. Please make sure to read this document before completing the survey below.
An easy read version of the Local Council Tax Support scheme options for 2023-24 is also available.
Have your say by completing the online
Consultation opens on 3 August 2022
Consultation closes on 28 September 2022.
The options for consideration
We are putting forward the following options for consultation:
Option 1 Increase the maximum level of support from 65 per cent to 70 per cent.
Option 2 Increase the earnings disregard to £30 from the current £25.
Option 3 Decrease the Non-dependent deduction rate from £2 to £1 per week.
Option 4 Adding a local welfare payment disregard to mirror housing benefit regulations. This will allow us to disregard all special payments made by the Local Authority, such as the ‘Homes for Ukraine – Thank you payments’.
Option 5 Where central government increases the amount of any welfare benefit payments due to a crisis or as an emergency provision, the council reserves the right to disregard any increase as thought necessary to protect the entitlement of any council tax reduction.
PDF versions of the questionnaire are available on request.
- Request the questionnaire to be sent by post by calling 01983 823950.
- complete the questionnaire,
- return the questionnaire to Revenues and Benefits, PO Box 238, Newport, Isle of Wight PO30 9FP.
After the consultation closes
Following this consultation, recommendations will be considered by the Full Council.
The new scheme will start on 1 April 2023.