Test Valley Borough Council's Council Tax Support Scheme
Council Tax Support Consultation
Now the roll out of Universal Credit has commenced across the Test Valley area the Council needs to review the way the current Council Tax support (also known as Council Tax reduction) scheme works. The Council is consulting on a range of options to take effect from 1 April 2019 and is encouraging Council Tax payers and local partners, groups and organisations to submit a response. The consultation document can be found on the following link:
Following the consultation, councillors will make a decision on what changes, if any, should be implemented. The consultation closes on 12 November 2018.
Council Tax Support
The government abolished Council Tax Benefit from the 1 April 2013 and asked councils across the country to develop their own schemes to replace it.
The Council implemented a new scheme for Council Tax Support from 1 April 2013.
Council Tax Support Schemes for 2013/14, 2014/15, 2015/16, 2016/17 and 2017/2018
When deciding on a new Council Tax Support Scheme the Council considered recommendations from Cabinet and feedback from the public and decided not to make any changes from the existing council tax benefit scheme in order to protect those on the lowest incomes.
Council Tax Support Scheme 2018/19
On 24 January 2018, the Council agreed to retain the existing Council Tax Support Scheme for 2018/19 and continue to protect those on the lowest incomes.
A full copy of the Council's Council Tax Support Schemes can be found on this page along with an Easy Read Guide.