East Cambridgeshire District Council is proposing some changes to its Local Council Tax Reduction Scheme (LCTRS) that would take effect from 1 April 2022. If implemented, these changes would affect:
1. the threshold for how much capital a customer can own (for example, savings) and still be entitled to a Council Tax reduction
2. the impact that living with non-dependent friends or family members has on the Council Tax reduction that a customer receives
3. the relationship between the application processes for Universal Credit and for Local Council Tax Reduction
4. the way in which fluctuations in a customer’s earning’s are taken into account in LCTRS
This consultation is open from Friday, 15 October 2021 to Sunday 28 November 2021. Feedback will then be considered before a final proposal is considered by councillors in early 2022.
Anglia Revenues Partnership, who administer Council Tax and benefits on behalf of East Cambridgeshire District Council, have identified four potential improvements to the way in which the Local Council Tax Reduction Scheme is structured in East Cambridgeshire, that would reduce the burden on customers in terms of the information they need to provide, and would in turn speed up the processing of applications. These proposals are explained below and you are invited to give your views on them. Further detail is included in the Report to Finance and Assets Committee, 5 October 2021.