Wokingham Borough Council has listened to residents and has agreed a revised Localised Council Tax Reduction Scheme for 2019/2020 that will ensure all those who have difficulty paying their council tax are offered financial help.
The council has agreed a scheme that has been designed to protect the most vulnerable residents.
The scheme will offer reductions in council tax in line with household incomes – with greater reductions for those households with lower monthly incomes. It will also guarantee the greatest reduction (78% reduction in council tax) to those in receipt of benefits such as Income Support, Jobseekers Allowance (income-based), Employment and Support Allowance (income-related) and Pension Credit (guaranteed credit).
The main change to the previously agreed scheme is that residents who receive child maintenance grants will no longer have that taken into account when calculating income during the benefit assessment process. This would benefit single parents and others who receive child maintenance.
This revised scheme will mean that, for those on the lowest income bands, Wokingham Borough Council would provide greater council tax reductions than neighbouring authorities Reading Borough Council and Bracknell Forest Council.
Executive member for finance, HR and corporate services, Cllr Anthony Pollock said: “We looked again at this scheme because we wanted to listen to feedback and ensure we get it right for our residents who are facing challenging personal circumstances. We have moved swiftly to revise our proposed Council Tax Reduction Scheme to ensure we target support to focus support to those in most need.”