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The introduction of the new council tax support scheme (replacing council tax benefit) in April 2013 is a hugely significant reform.
The new scheme has been brought in at the same time as a ten per cent cut in the funding available for support for council tax.
This briefing summarises and comments on findings from the New Policy Institute and a report from the Resolution Foundation which give an overview of the current position on the local council tax support schemes confirmed by 235 of the affected councils.
The briefing will be of interest to a wide variety of councillors and officers involved with benefits, family support, finance and advice services, particularly in district and unitary councils and to many third sector organisations
The Local Government Finance Act 2012 brings in arrangements for localised council tax support schemes to replace council tax benefit from April 2013.
It also provides local authorities flexibility on the council tax that can be charged on empty homes and provides them with the freedom to publish council tax information on-line.
This briefing will be of interest to local authority cabinet and elected members and officers with an interest in finance, housing, regeneration and social care and welfare. It will be followed by a second detailed briefing on the Act focusing on the reform of business rates.
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The ‘Local Leaders’ collection, written by Council Leaders from across the UK, focuses on new approaches in local government. To view a map of the collection, please see the box on the right-hand side of the page.