New Council Tax Support Scheme consultation launches

Published: 08 October 2019

Slough Borough Council has begun a consultation to allow residents to help shape the new Council Tax Support Scheme.

Council Tax Support (CTS) is a discount for Council Tax and each year the council has to decide whether to change the scheme for working age applicants. There will be no change for pensioner households.

This consultation runs from 8 October to 18 November and its purpose is to raise awareness of the proposals and the reasons for changing the Council Tax Support Scheme.

By using the online calculator residents can understand what the potential impact might be for their household through showing what the new CTS award might be, as opposed to what they are currently receiving on the existing scheme.

After using the online calculator there is a short online questionnaire for residents to fill in, this will help us to shape the new scheme.

The consultation is open to all Slough residents, even those who don’t receive Council Tax Support, as well as businesses, community and voluntary organisations.

The findings from the consultation will contribute to the final recommendations that will be put forward to a Cabinet meeting in January 2020. The council will then take a decision on the way forward.

If approved, our intention is that the changes would come into effect from 1 April 2020.

You can share your views by:
• completing a questionnaire online at www.slough.gov.uk/consultations
• coming along to one of our drop-in sessions to discuss how the proposals may affect you and to get help to complete the questionnaire (dates, venues and times will be published online at www.slough.gov.uk soon)

If you require this questionnaire in another format or you would like someone to help you to complete the questionnaire, please email counciltaxsupport@slough.gov.uk

The consultation is open from 8 October to 18 November.

Lauretta Vitalis, strategic project manager, Slough Borough Council, said: “We want to hear from our residents regarding this important consultation about proposed changes to the Council Tax Support Scheme. Changes will be experienced by working age council taxpayers and we want to hear from you, our customers on how we shape the scheme moving forward.”