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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 this will be reflected in their council tax bill to reduce council tax liability.
Claimants who are currently in receipt of council tax benefit will be automatically transferred over to the new scheme and do not need to re-apply.
The scheme that has been adopted has only been approved for 2013/14 and will be reviewed for next year.
From 1 April 2013 the government is abolishing the current national council tax benefit scheme and asking all councils to develop and approve their own local Council Tax Reduction scheme.
Councils will receive a grant from the government to fund their new schemes. The grant from the government will be 10% less than the funding received for the current Council Tax Benefit scheme.
The council made a decision on which scheme to adopt on January 15, 2013. Council tax reduction scheme full council report (pdf, 196 KB) (opens new window).
Bristol City Council developed several schemes and held a public consultation exercise to gather opinions on the schemes it could develop. The initial findings can be found at Local Council Tax Support Scheme Consultation – executive summary (pdf, 50 KB) (opens new window).
Following this period of consultation the government announced in October 2012 that an additional one off grant of £0.8 million would be available to Bristol if the council approved a scheme that complied with ‘good practice’ criteria and limited the extent of any cuts. This led to further engagement and the results of this and the initial consultation were incorporated into the Council Tax Reduction Scheme full Council report (pdf, 196 KB) (opens new window).