Have your say on council tax support scheme

Uttlesford residents are being invited to have their say on how much support the council should give to people who might struggle to pay their Council Tax bill.

Councils run a scheme called Local Council Tax Support (LCTS) which is designed to help the most vulnerable. The local scheme is set by Uttlesford District Council which has some discretion over how it is administered.

For 2023/24, the council is proposing to maintain the scheme on the same basis as this year. This includes freezing the contribution rate for the ninth year running, meaning the amount that LCTS claimants pay towards their Council Tax would be kept at 12.5% of their full bill. This remains the lowest contribution rate in the county.

The council is also proposing to continue to protect vulnerable and disabled residents and carers who are on a low income. Pensioners who are on a low income are automatically protected from any changes.

Full details of the proposed 2023/24 LCTS scheme can be viewed on the website: https://letstalk.uttlesford.gov.uk/lcts-scheme-for-2023-24.  

Residents can now give their views on the proposals. The easiest way to do this is via the online questionnaire or by emailing any comments to consultation@uttlesford.gov.uk.

For people who do not have access to the internet, paper copies of the questionnaire are available by calling 01799 510510.

The council will accept emails, completed online and paper forms up to and including Monday 5 September.

The results of the consultation will be presented to district councillors in the autumn with the final scheme for 2023/24 being agreed by the end of the year. The new scheme will start from 1 April 2023.

21 June 2022