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Local Council Tax Support Scheme - 2018/19

Date of consultation: Monday, July 31, 2017 - Friday, August 25, 2017

Consultation summary

Stroud District Council is recommending that the current Local Council Tax Support Scheme (LCTS) remains broadly unchanged for 2018/19.  The Council, when adopting its local scheme in 2013/14, retained the same level of support locally as was provided under the previous national Council Tax Benefit Scheme.

Caseload Data shows a reduction in the number of individuals entitled to LCTS, thereby reducing the cost of the scheme to the Council and the major precepting authorities (Gloucestershire County Council and Gloucestershire Police and Crime Commissioner) with whom we have a duty to consult.

There remains a risk in future years that the cost of the scheme may increase (due to changes in Council Tax rates and caseload).  It is recommended that the scheme be kept under review on an annual basis, given the funding gap identified in the Budget Strategy report.  The Council is facing significant financial pressures over the medium term with a need to make significant savings in the region of £4-£5m by 2019/20.

Further details of the scheme and potential options can be found at: 

Give us your views

Whilst the Council is contacting known stakeholders and customers, it is also inviting any views, comments or feedback and this can be done by emailing BY Friday 25 August 2017.

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