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Changes to the Council Tax Support Scheme (CTS) for 2020-21

Decision Maker: Cabinet

Decision status: Recommend Forward to Council

Is Key decision?: Yes

Is subject to call in?: No


To agree a revised CTS scheme which dovetails with Universal Credit and supports easier application by users


Resolved to RECOMMEND:  (to Council)




(1)          the proposed income banded scheme for Council Tax Support claimants in receipt of Universal Credit for the financial year 2020/21 and beyond subject to annual review be approved;


(2)          the existing Council Tax Support Scheme be retained for all other claimants not in receipt of UC until the rollout of Universal Credit in Harrow was complete;


(3)          the proposed income banded scheme should also benefit from £400k of extra investment.


[Call in does not apply to the decisions above as they are reserved to full Council].


RESOLVED:  That the Council Tax Exceptional Hardship Policy, as set out at appendix E to the report, be approved.


Reason for Decision:  The Council had carried out a wide consultation to ensure that residents within Harrow were given the opportunity to give their views and help shape a future Council Tax Support Scheme.  Feedback from the consultation had informed the recommendation to Cabinet.


Alternative Options Considered and Rejected:  As set out in the report.


Conflict of Interest relating to the matter declared by Cabinet Member/Dispensation Granted:  None.

Report author: Charlie Stewart

Publication date: 10/01/2020

Date of decision: 09/01/2020

Decided at meeting: 09/01/2020 - Cabinet

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