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FOI 4798

Local Council Tax Scheme

Request

I am requesting information under the Freedom of Information Act relating to council tax benefit (CTB) and local council tax support ( LCTS). 

The information refers to the council’s preferred option for LCTS, prior to completion and consideration of consultation, other than where specifically stated. Please note, therefore, that most of the information is in advance of consultation – it is recognised that consultation has not been completed, but this is not in itself a bar to my request. 

I am requesting the following information: 

1)      The current cumulative total of outstanding non-paid council tax (i.e. council tax non-payment)

2)      The total council tax non-payment that accumulated during financial year 2011 /12

3)      Any forecast for the additional council tax non-payment that could arise as a result of cuts to CTB and/or the implementation of the council’s preferred option for LCTS

4)      The council’s CTB expenditure on working age claimants in 2011/12

5)      The number of working age CTB claimants in 2011/12

6)      Any forecast of the number of working age claimants of LCTS the council will have in 2013/14, 2014/15, and 2015/16

7)      Whether the council has yet approached potential contractors for the provision of IT systems to handle a future LCTS scheme

8)      If a contract for IT systems (as referred to in part (7)) has been awarded, what company was it awarded to and what is the value of the contract?

9)      If no contract as referred to in part (7) has been awarded, when is a contract award expected?

10)  The date on which public consultation on LCTS began, or is due to begin

11)  The current number of working age CTB claimants

12)  The number of responses to the LCTS consultation the council has so far received (as of the date the council provides a response; please provide the date to which the information requested in part (12) is correct)

Response

Freedom of Information – Council Tax Benefit & Local Council Tax Support
I refer to your email received 21 September 2012, which is acknowledged as a request for information held by this Authority under the terms of the Freedom of Information Act.
The answers to your questions are given in order in blue below:-
1) The current cumulative total of outstanding non-paid council tax (i.e. council tax non-payment)
£1,792,267 as at 31/3/2012
2) The total council tax non-payment that accumulated during financial year 2011 /12
£823,485
3) Any forecast for the additional council tax non-payment that could arise as a result of cuts to CTB and/or the implementation of the council’s prefer red option for LCTS
Taking into account a number of assumptions approximately £280,000
4) The council’s CTB expenditure on working age claimants in 2011/12
Gross: £5.1 million (Net expenditure excluding technical overpayments £4.357 million)
5) The number of working age CTB claimants in 2011/12
4,200
6) Any forecast of the number of working age claimants of LCTS the council will have in 2013/14, 2014/15, and 2015/16
2,170
7) Whether the council has yet approached potential contractors for the provision of IT systems to handle a future LCTS scheme
No – the existing supplier is being retained as this is being treated as an amendment to the existing system
8) If a contract for IT systems (as referred to in part (7)) has been awarded, what company was it awarded to and what is the value of the contract?
Northgate Public Services. The cost of amendment is in the region of £60,000
The value of the contract exceeds £500 and is therefore available to the public.

http://www.brentwood.gov.uk/index.php?cid=1824

9) If no contract as referred to in part (7) has been awarded, when is a contract award expected?
See 7) above
10) The date on which public consultation on LCTS began, or is due to begin
14 August 2012
11) The current number of working age CTB claimants
2100
12) The number of responses to the LCTS consultation the council has so far received (as of the date the council provides a response; please provide the date to which the information requested in part (12) is correct)
271 responses at 11th October 2012