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Local council tax reduction scheme proposals

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Published: 20/06/2013

What is the local council tax reduction scheme?

In April council tax benefit was replaced by a local council tax reduction scheme. People who are entitled to council tax reduction pay less council tax. Under council tax benefit the council received a grant from the government to cover the entire cost of entitlements. Under the current council tax reduction scheme there is a shortfall in funding.

For 2013/14 we adopted a one year scheme that was very similar to council tax benefit and we managed to meet the shortfall in funding from other sources.

Why change again?

We need to consult with you about changing the scheme from April 2014. If we do not change the scheme this could result in a rise of more than 2.5% in council tax for everyone.

The government has said people who are eligible for state pension credit will continue to be assessed under a national scheme and will not be affected by any changes.

Have your say

We welcome your opinions on the proposals and they will help us make a decision on which type of scheme will be introduced in South Gloucestershire from April 2014.

You can find out more and tell us your views by completing our survey online at or sending your comments to:


Write to: FREEPOST RRZE-CTRG-TJLJ, South Gloucestershire Council, Council Tax Consultation, Council Offices, Castle Street, Thornbury, Bristol, BS35 1HF

Phone: 01454 868002

Workshops will be held around the district during the consultation period; dates and venues will be advertised shortly. Copies of the consultation will be available from your local library or one stop shop.

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