Decision details

Exeter City Council's Council Tax Support Scheme for 2017-18

Decision Maker: Executive

Decision status: Recommendations Approved

Is Key decision?: No

Is subject to call in?: No





That it is recommended that Council:-


(1)     the revised Exceptional Hardship policy be approved;


(2)     the following changes to the local Council Tax Support Scheme be approved;


a)    to reduce “good cause” backdating to one month as originally proposed and to link the Council Tax Support date of claim to the date a claimant is first made liable for Council Tax where the delay in issuing a bill is not caused by the claimant

b)    Using a minimum income for self-employed earners after 1 year’s self-employment

c)    Reducing the period for which a person can be absent from Great Britain and still receive Council Tax Support to 4 weeks

d)    Removing the Work Related Activity Component in the calculation of the entitlement for new applicants

e)    Removing entitlement to the Severe Disability Premium where another person is paid Universal Credit (Carers Element) for looking after them

f)     Removing entitlement to the additional earnings disregard for Universal Credit customers in work;


(3)     the implementation of change 2e) above be delayed to 1 April 2018 if the policy is introduced to Housing Benefit from a date after 1 April 2017; and


(4)     limiting the number of dependent children within the calculation for Council Tax Support to a maximum of 2 not be adopted.


Reason for Decision:


As set out in the minutes.


Publication date: 10/11/2016

Date of decision: 08/11/2016

Decided at meeting: 08/11/2016 - Executive

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