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Council Tax Reduction Scheme Consultation

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Why are we consulting?

Rugby Borough Council introduced a Local Council Tax Reduction Scheme in April 2013 following the abolition of the previous national Council Tax Benefit Scheme. The local scheme was devised by the council and allowed us to create a scheme for residents of working age.

We are looking at making changes to our scheme from April 2015 and are consulting with residents on our proposed new scheme.

The outcome of the consultation will be reported to councillors when they consider changing the current scheme at a meeting in December.

What is Council Tax?

Council Tax is a local tax used to fund council services. It is collected by Rugby Borough Council but is shared between other parts of local government to provide a full range of services - from refuse collection to social services and schools.

Council Tax is based on the valuation band your property is in. There are eight valuation bands, from A to H.

What is Council Tax Reduction?

Currently, low income households pay a reduced Council Tax through Council Tax Reduction.

Council Tax Reduction is means tested, which means it takes into account the composition of a household (number of adults and children) and other factors such as age, disability and weekly income received. We paid out more than £5.5 million in benefit last year to people living in the Rugby area.

Who will be affected?

The Government has stated all pension age customers will be protected from the changes and no pensioners can be worse off as a result. The Government issue national regulations which tell us how we should calculate Local Council Tax Reduction for pension age customers.

This means only working age customers will be affected by the changes we are consulting on. Our proposals will mean all working age customers who currently receive Council Tax Benefit will be affected. We aim to create a new scheme which is broadly in line with current expenditure and does not create significant numbers of customers who will see large changes to the amount of Council Tax Reduction currently being received.

How can you get involved?

To help us design our final scheme, we would like your views on our proposals.

The consultation runs from 1 September to 31 October. This timescale allows us to effectively evaluate the responses we receive while meeting the council's budget setting timetable.

For more information on the consultation, email benefits.unit@rugby.gov.uk

Please note, we cannot discuss how individuals may be affected by the proposed changes.

How your views will be taken into account

A report will be presented to the meeting of the council's cabinet in November. The report will include the views received during the consultation and how the views have been taken into account when drafting the final version of the proposed scheme.

A final decision on the new scheme will be made in December at a meeting of the full council.



  1. You are here: Tell us what you think
  2. What we propose to change
  3. The impact of other adults living in the household
  4. Making work pay
  5. Discretionary Scheme