Aug 142016

Many thanks to one of our supporters for alerting us to this consultation by Torbay council on council tax. Its worth reading whether you are in Torbay or not because it gives us clues to the next set of horrors that will be visited on us by local councils. Torbay say:

Each year the Council has to decide whether to change the Council Tax Support Scheme for working age applicants in Torbay. This year we are proposing a set of changes to the current scheme, including some changes which will bring our support scheme in line with changes made by Central Government to Housing Benefit and Universal Credit.

In addition to this the Council will continue to face budget pressures over the next few years.  Taking into account the income the council receives and what we spend on our services, we estimate there is a funding gap of £18.5 million between now and 2019/20.  We need to ensure that we are able to provide the services which our communities need and value within the budget that we have.   The proposed changes to our Council Tax Support Scheme will assist us with these budget pressures.

The consultation puts forward a set of scenarios around council tax payments. The main message is that there will be more increases. Other messages include financial penalties for those with more than two children, and financial penalties for anyone getting ‘carers allowance’

What is being proposed?

We are proposing to make ten changes that are listed below to the current scheme from 1 April 2017:

  • Reducing the maximum level of support to 55% of the council tax charge
  • Restrict the maximum level of support to the equivalent of a band C property charge
  • Savings limit of £3,000
  • Removal of the family premium
  • Reducing backdating for new claims to one month
  • Basing the reduction on a set minimum income for self-employed earners after one year’s self-employment
  • Reducing the period a person can be absent from Great Britain and still receive a reduction to four weeks
  • Removing the work related activity component for new ESA applicants
  • Limiting the number of dependent children within the calculation to a maximum of two
  • Removing entitlement to Severe Disability Premium where another person is paid Universal Credit (Carers Element)

The consultation closes 31st October, changes will be implemented on 1st April 2017

Link to consultation

For those not in Torbay, it might be worth seeing if your council has similar plans

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  5 Responses to “Torbay are going to fleece disabled people is your council about to do the same?”

  1. It is abundantly clear that the vulnerable, disabled and those on working tax credit/Universal Credit will be hit the worst. I think this is the start of more demonstrations against the Government’s Universal Credit. People will realise just how evil the Government and local authorities are. If carer’s loss their allowance, then the disabled person will no longer be taken care of cheaply. There will be no point in having a carer. The disabled person won’t be able to pay the carer. Therefore, the Council will have to employ someone to care for the disabled person. Every single time I read about these cut’s my stomach turns. Why are they continually hitting disabled people? They make me so sick.

  2. I have no doubt that within a few weeks we will be hearing this Council and the elected representatives making statements about how much they value the work of carers. As always from politicians, judge them on their actions and most definitely NOT on their words. This is probably yet another example of an officer-led Council – there are many dozens of them throughout the UK. The electorate believe that they have voted for someone who is true to their principles and their manifesto, when in reality, all they do is rubber-stamp the proposals of the Council Officers. This is unfortunately oh so common.

  3. I am going to see Jeremy Corbyn tomorrow in derby at a rally , I believe he is our only hope. When his enemies attack him, making outrageous claims I put a comment saying that disabled people and DPAC support Jeremy Corbyn, because he is the only one who has spoken for disabled people.It gets his critics flummoxed, as it seems at odds to suggest a humanitarian like Jeremy Corbyn who speaks up for disabled people and others is a nazi type militant trotskyite. He really is our only hope, there are other people in politics who share his views for a caring, just society where no one gets left out.I feel all any of us can do is get the message out there about jeremy Corbyn, and show the liars up for what they are. I read labour election manifesto 2015 , about where labour say they support the welfare cap and would even support further lowering of the cap in other areas of the country. Owen Smith has said he believes reductions are necessary, contrary to what he says now.

  4. Utterly disgusting! What on earth do they think Carer’s Allowance is for? Have carers become so very unappreciated now? Still for a lot of people it won’t make any difference as they can expect to lose disability support altogether so their carers wont be entitled to any Carer’s Allowance anyway.

  5. W Suusex.

    Council Tax Reduction Scheme 2017/18 Consultation

    What is this about?

    Each year the Council has to decide whether to change the Council Tax Reduction scheme (CTR) for working age applicants in its area. This year the Council has decided that changes should be made to bring the Council Tax Reduction scheme in line with the changes made by Central Government in Housing Benefit and Universal Credit.

    Since 2014/15 support from the government for the scheme has been absorbed into the general grant we get. Therefore any reduction in the grant means there is less money, not only to help towards CTR but also towards the cost of services we deliver. We need to look at ways of increasing our income and making savings. Some savings could be made by reducing the amount of help we provide through CTR.

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