Oldhamers, have your say on council tax scheme changes
Date published: 12 September 2018
The aim of the new proposals is to simplify the process of applying for council tax reductions
Oldham council is urging residents to respond to a consultation ahead of changes to their council tax reduction scheme.
The aim of the new proposals is to simplify the process of applying for council tax reductions or exemptions, a scheme available to locals on low incomes who struggle to afford the tax.
Despite the changes, the maximum amount of support that a household can receive will remain at 85% of a Council Tax Band A charge.
However, the council do propose a change to the process by which reductions are applied for to ensure that Universal Credit claimants receive help earlier.
They are also suggesting a new method of factoring in earnings, housing costs and other financial circumstances so that those who require assistance do not miss out.
Councillor Abdul Jabbar, Deputy Leader of Oldham Council and Cabinet Member for Finance, said: “Council Tax helps to pay for local services such as schools, parks and roads as well as helping to fund emergency services.
“We recognise that Council Tax is difficult to afford for some residents on low incomes, therefore, we run a discount scheme.
“This year, we want to change that scheme to make it as fair as possible.
"However, before we do so, it’s vital that you have your say.”
In an effort to get Oldham residents involved, a consultation is running online until October 24, allowing locals to learn more about the plans and share their opinions in a survey.
To make your voice heard, head to: www.oldham.gov.uk/CTR2019
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