Report of the Group Director of Operations.
The Cabinet Member with the Resources Portfolio introduced the report of the Group Director of Operations requesting that consideration be given to the draft Council Tax Support (CTS) Scheme for 2023/24 (also previously circulated).
The submitted report stated that Council approved the local CTS scheme for 2022/23 (Minute 42/Nov/21 refers); the scheme became operational on 1 April 2022; and that Councils were required to set a CTS scheme each year and, as part of that exercise, consider whether any changes should be made to the existing scheme and where changes were made, consider what transitional protection, if any, should apply to anyone affected by those changes.
It was reported that there were no significant changes proposed to the existing scheme, other than the removal of the provisions for care leavers under the age of 25 as it was proposed to introduce a Council Tax exemption for this group (Minute C209 above refers).
RESOLVED - That it be recommended to Council that the draft CTS scheme for 2023/24, attached at Appendix 1 to the submitted report, be approved.
REASONS – (a) The Council is required to publish a local CTS scheme for 2023/24 by 11 March 2023.
(b) The CTS schemes since 2013 have all been implemented successfully without any major challenges.
(c) The continued application of a reduced entitlement for working aged people is still appropriate, given the current financial position of the Council.?????