tax changes for Burnham-On-Sea residents agreed by council
council tax changes that will affect some Burnham-On-Sea residents
have this week been approved by Sedgemoor District Councillors.
The council met on Thursday aimed at reducing current council
tax expenditure levels in the face of significant national funding
Councillors have acted to reduce the impact of the original proposals,
which were the subject of a public consultation, but they still
accept that the measures being introduced will still cause concern
for residents affected.
"The new scheme has taken the concerns into consideration,
where possible, and does include provision to provide discretionary
awards to the most vulnerable council tax payers such as those
facing exceptional financial hardship," said a council spokeswoman.
new scheme also includes consideration of child maintenance income,
which was previously disregarded in full. The new scheme only
disregards child maintenance income at a rate of £65.62
per week per child, so income of less than £65.62 per week
per child is not taken into account when assessing council tax
"The changes only apply to working age residents who are
currently in receipt of Council Tax Benefit or need to apply for
support in the future. Pension age residents receiving Council
Tax Benefit are not affected by the changes."
She added that Council Tax Support for working age households
will be broadly based on the principles and rules used under the
current national means-tested scheme for Council Tax Benefit.
There are however some key areas where the scheme will differ:
A limit to maximum
support amounting to 85% of actual council tax liability for customers
living in Bands A, B, C or D dwellings i.e. Customers in these
bands will need to pay a minimum of 15% of their council tax charge.
For those living
in properties in Bands E, F, G, or H maximum support will be limited
to 85% of an equivalent Band D dwelling
income previously disregarded in full will now be disregarded
at a rate of £65.62 per week per child, so income less than
this level is not taken into account.
A minimum entitlement
level of £1 per week. This means those people currently
entitled to support between £0.01p and £0.99p a week
will not receive support.
information is available from Sedgemoor District Council on 0845