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Council Tax Reduction Scheme

Published: 16/01/2015

The annual Council Tax Reduction Scheme is due to be approved at a Cabinet meeting on Tuesday (20 January). The Council Tax Reduction Scheme is a reduction which is paid to low income households to help them meet the cost of their Council Tax bills. It is a national scheme in Wales with the main regulations for the scheme set by the Welsh Government giving Flintshire Council some powers to make decisions. The Council proposes to continue to use the same areas of discretion which were set out in the last financial year. These are: - to continue to disregard all war disablement and war widows pensions as income. - not to increase the extended payment period to more than four weeks when an applicant starts work. - to maintain the standard three month backdating provisions for pensioners when a good reason for failing to claim earlier is shown. Councillor Aaron Shotton, Leader of the Council said: Whilst there is no additional money available from Welsh Government to fund the discretionary elements, I am pleased to say that Flintshire’s Council Tax Reduction Scheme proposed for 2015-2016 supports the continuation to disregard all war disablement and war widows pensions as income