Previous years schemes

Changes to Local Council Tax Scheme for 2014/15 onwards

The withdrawal of a one year government grant and the increasing pressure on Council Tax means that the Council has had to re-examine its position. The Council decided in December 2013 to amend the local scheme to:

  • working age claimants will pay a minimum of 25% of their Council Tax
  • people with disabilities will pay a minimum of 10% of their Council Tax
  • pensioners will continue to be protected

These changes take effect from 1 April 2014.

Why is the Council reviewing the scheme?

In 2013, the Council approved a scheme which limited the effect of those on low incomes by taking a one year government grant of £142,000 and using additional income from Council Tax changes to empty and second homes.