Last night (7th September 2021) Hounslow Council’s Cabinet agreed to consult residents on proposals to introduce a new Council Tax banding scheme.
Published: Wednesday, 8th September 2021
Under the proposals, which would affect only working-age residents, the Council will take into account only households’ earned income and disregard any other benefits received. Pensioners, and other households which currently receive 100% help with Council Tax, will not be affected by any change.
Under the proposal new bands would be introduced, made up of income brackets. Households, and persons liable to pay the Council Tax bill, will be able to look at their own income from earnings and easily identify which band applies and how much Council Tax Support they will receive. Each band would have a threshold, removing the need for entitlement changes where there are small increases in earned income.
Cllr Shantanu Rajawat, Cabinet Member for Finance and Corporate Services said: “We want to change how we work out how much Council Tax Support we give working age residents and move to a system which is fairer, more efficient, more transparent, more flexible and easier for residents to understand.
“The current scheme does not work with the Government’s Universal Credit and that means multiple changes in Universal Credit inevitably lead to multiple changes in Council Tax Support. That increases the costs of the scheme for all council taxpayers in the borough.
“For households on the lowest income, we will continue to fully fund their Council Tax.
“I urge as many people as possible to take part in the consultation.”
The consultation period will launch on 17 September 2021 and end on 10 December 2021. For more information, please email CURevenues@hounslow.gov.uk
The COVID-19 pandemic has affected the finances of many residents. Some have been struggling to pay their Council Tax.
If you have had a reduction in your income and have been unable to make payments, you may be entitled to Council Tax Support. Please visit www.hounslow.gov.uk/benefits to make an application or call 0208 583 4242 for further advise.