Local Council Tax Support Scheme Consultation

Closed 29 Oct 2012

Opened 6 Aug 2012

Feedback expected 31 Jan 2013

Results updated 16 Jan 2013

Bristol City Council developed several schemes and held a public consultation exercise to gather opinions on the schemes it could develop.  See the attached executive summary of the consultation results. 

The comments and opinions from the consultation were incorporated in a report issued to cabinet members and full council.  See the attached Cabinet report.

Full council made a decision on which scheme to adopt on 15 January 2013. 

Bristol's new Council Tax Reduction scheme replicates the existing Council Tax Benefit scheme and as such will continue to protect households on the lowest incomes.  Customers claiming Council Tax Reduction will need to provide details of their income so they can be means tested to determine how much of a reduction they receive.  If a claimant is entitled to a reduction it will be taken from their overall bill for the year.

The scheme that has been adopted has only been approved for 2013/14 and will be reviewed for next year.



The Welfare benefits system across England and Wales is changing to reduce the Government’s overall benefits bill by £18billion. In Bristol it is estimated that there could be the potential loss of approximately £125m in benefits income received by local residents and indirectly to the Bristol economy by 2014/15

Why your views matter

Councils must undertake a consultation exercise concerning their draft scheme proposals and must define and publish its local CTS scheme by 31 January 2013. If the scheme is not defined and published by this date a default scheme will be imposed by the government similar to the current national scheme and there will be no choice other than for the remaining gap of £5m to be met from other means including for example by reducing expenditure for other services or an increase in levels of council tax.

We are committed to ensuring our residents and interested parties have the opportunity to have their say on a new local Council Tax Support scheme for Bristol and we are therefore consulting from 6th August to 29th October to find out your views before a final decision is made.

Read the information and respond online using the link on this page.  People who do not have internet access can pick up a paper copy in their local library or customer service point or telephone 0117 3526542 to request a copy.  If you have any questions about the consultation please telephone our Benefits Customer Service Team on 0117 922 2300

What happens next

Following the result of the consultation a Draft Local Council Tax Support Scheme will be designed.  Final approval of this scheme will be at Full Cabinet at the end of January


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