Last Updated: 24 Sep 2019 1:53pm
Tonbridge & Malling Borough Council is reviewing the way it gives help to working age households who need help to pay their Council Tax through its Council Tax Reduction Scheme and as part of a 12-week public consultation is inviting local residents and other key stakeholders to give their views.
The Council Tax Reduction Scheme (CTRS) helps over 6,500 households with lower incomes to pay their Council Tax in the borough. The Consultation questionnaire sets out a number of possible options for changes to the CTRS and asks residents which options the Council should take forward. Any changes will only affect working age people and will take place from 1 April 2020. The Pension Age Scheme would be unaffected by the options set out in the Consultation.
Cllr Martin Coffin, Tonbridge & Malling Borough Council’s Cabinet Member for Finance, Innovation and Property, says: “At the moment, Council Tax Reduction awards are based on precise household income. Any change in that income, even a penny, can generate a recalculation of the award causing new bills and letters to be printed and sent. In many cases it can be confusing for the recipient as well as a waste of paper, time and effort for the council. We are therefore looking instead to move to an income banding scheme which we think will help to mitigate some of these issues. All the feedback we receive will be considered when it comes to making a decision later this year.”
How to take part in the Consultation
Find further information and take part in the consultation by completing an online questionnaire. All questionnaires must be completed and submitted by midnight on Monday 4 November 2019. Anyone with questions regarding the consultation can email CTS@tmbc.gov.uk or call 01732 876086. Questionnaires can also be completed by telephone.
The Council has written to all residents currently receiving help via the Council Tax Reduction Scheme inviting them to take part in the consultation. It has also written to a random sample of a further 2,000 residents.