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FOI 7301

Council Tax Support Scheme

Request

In April 2013 each council was asked to take over the council tax support scheme, with reduced funding. Some people are now paying council tax for the first time and others are paying increased council tax.

I would be grateful if you could provide me with the following information:

1. How many people are paying a) increased council tax or b ) council tax for the first time since April this year as a result of the change from a national council tax benefit scheme to a localised council tax support scheme?

2. Of these people, how many are (a) a registered carer, (b ) someone in receipt of disability-related benefits, (c) a veteran or (d) a war widow?

3. Of those people paying increased council tax or council tax for the first time, how many were in arrears as of the end of August 2013 including a breakdown of how many of these are (a) a registered carer, (b ) someone in receipt of disability-related benefits, (c) a veteran or (d) a war widow?

4. Of those paying increased council tax or council tax for the first time and who are in arrears, how many have had a summons issued against them since April 1 2013, including a breakdown of how many of these are (a) a registered carer, (b) someone in receipt of disability-related bene fits, (c) a veteran or (d) a war widow

In April 2013 each council was asked to take over the council tax support scheme, with reduced funding. Some people are now paying council tax for the first time and others are paying increased council tax.

I would be grateful if you could provide me with the following information:

1. How many people are paying a) increased council tax or b ) council tax for the first time since April this year as a result of the change from a national council tax benefit scheme to a localised council tax sup port scheme?

2. Of these people, how many are (a) a registered carer, (b ) someone in receipt of disability-related benefits, (c) a veteran or (d) a war widow?

3. Of those people paying increased council tax or council tax for the first time, how many were in arrears as of the end of August 2013 including a breakdown of how many of these are (a) a registered carer, (b ) someone in receipt of disability-related benefits, (c) a veteran or (d) a war widow?

4. Of those paying increased council tax or council tax for the first time and who are in arrears, how many have had a summons issued against them since April 1 2013, including a breakdown of how many of the se are (a) a registered carer, (b) someone in receipt of disability-related bene fits, (c) a veteran or (d) a war widow?

Response

These are figures as of 19 September

How many people across the borough are paying a) increased council tax or b) council tax for the first time since April this year as a result of the change from a national council tax benefit scheme to a localised council tax support scheme?
1,012 current recipients

2. Of these people, how many are (a) a registered carer, (b) someone in receipt of disability-related benefits, (c) a veteran or (d) a war widow?
a) Nil (these should have been identified and are being granted additional support)
b) c) d) Nil

3. Of those people paying increased council tax or council tax for the first time, how many were in arrears as of the end of August 2013 including a breakdown of how many of these are (a) a registered carer, (b) someone in receipt of disability-related benefits, (c) a veteran or (d) a war widow?
1046 (these are people who are or have at some point received a council tax support discount). The number of ctr recipients is a fluid number.

4. Of those paying increased council tax or council tax for the first time and who are in arrears, how many have had a summons issued against them since April 1 2013, including a breakdown of how many of these are (a) a registered carer, (b) someone in receipt of disability-related benefits, (c) a veteran or (d) a war widow
250
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