Review of scheme to help people with their Council Tax

Published: Monday, 10 October 2016

People in Northampton are being asked to have their say on how proposed changes to the Council Tax Reduction scheme may affect them.

The Council Tax Reduction scheme provides financial support for people on low incomes to help pay their Council Tax bill. In Northampton, the scheme helps around 15,900 people each year.

Over the next four weeks, Northampton Borough Council will be asking about how the scheme is currently working as well as seeking views on the proposed changes. People will also have the chance to comment on the future of the scheme and how any changes, to be implemented from 1 April 2017, may impact on them.

Councillor Brandon Eldred, cabinet member for finance, said: “While we recognise that the proposed changes will affect many people, our recommendation will enable us to support as many people as possible in the long-term. I would encourage everyone who is likely to be affected by the proposed changes to take part in the consultation before 6 November.”

There will be five drop-in sessions at the One Stop Shop at the Guildhall for anyone interested in asking questions about the changes or looking to find out more about the scheme.

Everyone is welcome to come along:

  • Wednesday, 12 October 2016, 9am - 12pm
  • Monday, 17 October 2016, 5pm - 7pm
  • Wednesday, 19 October 2016, 1pm - 4pm
  • Tuesday, 25 October 2016, 9am - 12pm
  • Thursday, 3 November 2016, 1pm - 4pm

More information about the Council Tax Reduction scheme consultation is available at www.northampton.gov.uk/ctr-year5-consultation.