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Providing Support for Council Tax in Wales
In the Spending Review 2010, the UK Government announced that it would localise support for council tax from 2013-14 and reduce expenditure by 10 per cent.
From 31 March 2013 council tax benefit in its current form will come to an end and the provision of support for council tax and the funding associated with it, will be devolved to local authorities in England, to the Scottish Government and to the Welsh Government.
Therefore the Welsh Government must work in conjunction with local government to design and implement a new scheme in sufficient time to provide council tax support for those on low incomes or in vulnerable groups, by 1 April 2013.
This consultation sets out the policy, financial and operational considerations related to providing support for council tax in Wales and expectations about how any new scheme could operate.
The document asks for the views of local authorities, advisory groups, representative bodies, the third sector and others who may be affected by these changes, to help the Welsh Government decide on the policy and delivery options for introducing a new scheme to provide council tax support in Wales.
Your views are welcomed on all aspects of the proposed approach set out in the document, in addition to the specific questions asked.
What changes to support for council tax could mean for you
If you are not currently entitled to council tax benefit, then nothing will change for you.
If you do receive council tax benefit, there may be changes which will affect you from April 2013:
- Some changes could affect how you claim support with your council tax bill;
- Some changes could affect how much support you can claim, or whether you receive any support at all, and therefore how much council tax you are expected to pay.
This document is not about how much council tax you should pay. It is about how a new system should be designed and operated to help those who need support to meet their council tax bill.
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