Struggling residents could pay no council tax - The Leamington Observer

Struggling residents could pay no council tax

Leamington Editorial 26th Sep, 2022   0

RESIDENTS of working age struggling in the face of the cost of living crisis could be helped by paying no council tax.

Warwick District Council (WDC) cabinet is set to consider changing the current Local Council Tax Reduction Scheme (LCTRS) from a maximum reduction of 85 per cent to 100 per cent.

The LCTRS assists residents across the district who are on a low income and who struggle to pay their council tax. Nearly 4,800 households in the district currently receive LCTRS support.

Pensioners are already eligible for up to 100 per cent reduction but a new report by WDC focuses solely on working age claimants.

The change to the scheme is being considered in response to current rocketing energy bills and food prices, and forms part of a wider package of measures WDC

is looking at in response to the crisis.

If supported by members of the council’s ruling cabinet on Thursday then it would be the subject of a public consultation before a change was implemented.

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