Key Principals

The design of the Council Tax Reduction Scheme is built around the following principles.                  

Principle 1 - Everyone should contribute something towards the cost of local services through Council Tax
We believe all working age people should pay something towards their Council Tax.

Principle 2 - All income should be included to ensure the scheme is fair
We will include all income except Disability Living Allowance, War Widows and War Disablement Pensions and Child Benefit.

Principle 3 - Greater account should be taken of the total income of a household
We will consider every adult's income to calculate Council Tax support.

Principle 4 - Provide incentives to encourage people to work
We will support and encourage people to work by ignoring more of the money they earn.

Principle 5 - It should provide protection for the vulnerable
We will continue to ignore Disability Living Allowance, War Widows and War Disablement Pensions and include a hardship scheme.

Principle 6 - The scheme should not penalise those that have already saved for the future
We have decided not to change the current Council Tax Benefit rules regarding savings and capital.