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Council tax support scheme 2017/18

Members of Boston Borough Council's Cabinet have voted for no change to the current Council Tax Support scheme in 2017/18.

Under the current scheme there is assistance for working-age residents who need help to pay their council tax. Those who are eligible can claim a discount of up to 75 per cent - pensioners and war widows of all ages qualify for up to 100 per cent.

The 2017 scheme will be voted on when full council considers the Cabinet recommendation at its January meeting.

The Government abolished council tax benefit in 2013 and the main elements of the council's scheme have been the same for the past three years.

Some small technical changes to align the scheme with the national position were implemented in 2016/17 and these will also be continued. These include those who are self employed meeting a minimum income level, a maximum one-month  backdate period for working-age claims, no family premium for new claims as wells as continuing with the abolition of the second adult rebate. This is where a working age person whose income is too high to qualify for main Council Tax Support previously received a reduction of council tax of up to 25 per cent if other adults in the household were below the income threshold.