Ryedale District Council has launched a consultation on possible changes to its Council Tax Support Scheme.
At present, Ryedale District Council offers a reduction on the Council Tax bill for low income families of working age. The amount of the reduction can be 25%, 50%, 75% or 100% of the bill, depending on the weekly household income, and the number of dependent children.
Under the current scheme, the calculation of the Council Tax reduction takes into account whether a family has one child, or two or more children.
In November the Council's Policy and Resources Committee will consider whether to change the Scheme from April 2022 to take into account whether a family has three children, or four or more children.
If the Council Tax Support Scheme is changed, some families with three, four or more children will receive a larger reduction in their Council Tax bill. However the Scheme will become more complex and will cost more money to run.
Ryedale District Council is now inviting members of the public to find out more about the proposed changes to the Council Tax Support Scheme, and take part in a consultation on the way forward. The views of the public consultation will be taken into account when the Council makes its decision on whether or not to change the Scheme.
Margaret Wallace, Head of Customer and Communities at Ryedale District Council, said:
“By law we must consult with the public on any change to our Council Tax Support Scheme. The consultation we are running now looks at changes that could benefit some families with three or more children, and sets out the implications of making that change. We would encourage as many people as possible to take part in the consultation – whether or not they currently receive a reduction on their Council Tax bill.”
The consultation is available on Ryedale District Council’s website at: www.ryedale.gov.uk/ctaxsupport
The consultation closes at midnight on 12 September 2021.