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FOI 12017

Council Tax Rates and CTS

Request

See questions below

Response

In response to your FOI request, I can confirm the following:

1. The currently proposed increase (if any) in the council tax rate charged by the council for 2016/17. Please give a total figure and then divide it into (a) non-ringfenced increase and (b) adult care precept (if applicable). So, if the increase is 3.99%, please respond with 3.99% comprising of (a) 1.99% and (b) 2%. In this question, "proposed" includes where a council is consulting on a preferred option, or in the absence of this, where a council has temporarily assumed a certain level of increase (possibly in its Medium Term Financial Plan) prior to a final decision.
(a) £3.97 increase (b) Nil
2. Please state what level of council tax rate rise (if any) is currently assumed or forecast for (a) 2017/18, (b) 2018/19 and (c) 2019/20 (this may be via the MTFP)
No rise planned at present.
3. In which financial year did the council last increase the council tax rate?
2010/11
4. What is the forecast shortfall in the council's 2016/17 adult care services budget, including cost pressures and central government funding cuts, but *prior* to applying any savings proposals, fee increases, and forecast revenue from the council tax adult care precept?
N/A
5. How much additional revenue does the council expect to generate through its proposed council tax adult care precept in 2016/17?
N/A
6. Has the council been given dispensation by the UK government to increase its council tax rate by more than 2% in 2016/17 without a referendum, by virtue of its pre-existing low council tax rates?
Yes.
7. On what date is the council cabinet/executive (or equivalent) due to finalise its proposed council tax rate for 2016/17?
16 February 2016
8. On what date is the council (presumably via a meeting of full council) due to formally approve its council tax rate for 2016/17?
2 March 2016

For questions 9-12, please see link below. Public Reports Pack Agenda Item 8.
http://brentwood.moderngov.co.uk/mgChooseDocPack.aspx?ID=1747

9. What was the maximum percentage of a working-age Council Tax Support (CTS) claimant's council tax bill that was paid by the council under the council's 2015/16 CTS scheme (excluding specified protected/vulnerable groups)?

10. What is the maximum percentage of a working-age Council Tax Support (CTS) claimant's council tax bill that will be paid by the council under the council's 2016/17 CTS scheme or proposed CTS scheme (excluding specified protected/vulnerable groups)?

11. What other changes (if any) is the council making (or proposing to make) to working-age entitlement under its CTS scheme in 2016/17? (This excludes minor routine alterations that do not affect working-age claimants' entitlement to receive CTS)

12. On what date is the council due to formally approve its CTS scheme for 2016/17 (if not already done so)?