Council tax discounts and premiums consultation

​Closing date: 16 October 2017

Overview

The Council is proposing to remove the discount offered to empty and unfurnished properties to deliver £1.4m of savings to help bridge the funding gap it faces in the period to 2019/20.

In the three years to 2019/20, government funding for Council services is reducing by £33.5m from 2016/17 levels. Cost pressures arising from increased demand on services and annual inflation mean that the Council is faced with a £42.6m funding gap over this period. In response, plans have been put in place to deliver £39.9m of the required savings through changes to service delivery, increased efficiency and generating additional income through Council Tax and Business Rates. Savings of £2.7m over the period are still to be identified; the Council believes that the removal of the discount given to owners of empty and unfurnished homes will deliver £1.4m of additional income in a way that limits the impact on a significant majority of Council Tax payers and residents.

We would like to know what you think about the proposal to remove this discount, as well as your views on other discretionary Council Tax discounts and premiums. The consultation document below contains further information about the discounts and premiums. Please read through this before completing the survey.

How to share your views

The consultation is open from 25 July 2017 to 16 October 2017. You can complete the survey online or by printing off the questionnaire in the consultation document and posting or emailing it back to us using the address details below. If you would like a paper questionnaire to be sent to you, please contact us.

Other ways to take part

Please quote Council Tax discounts and premiums consultation on any correspondence.

How your views will be used

The results of this consultation will be reported to key decision makers in November 2017 and will help to inform the Council’s approach to discretionary Council Tax discounts and premiums.

Other ways of accessing information

Council information is also available in audio, braille, large print or other formats. If you would like a copy in a different format, in another language, or require a British sign language (BSL) interpreter, please contact:

Please note

We welcome views from all sections of the community and would encourage everyone to take part in this consultation.  Note that the Council has a responsibility to make sure that its services are available to all, regardless of race, colour, nationality, ethnic origin, gender, age, marital status, sexual orientation, disability, religion or belief or gender identity.  Comments that are offensive to particular groups or considered inappropriate under the Equality Act 2010 will not be considered or published as part of this consultation.

 
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