We want to hear your views on how we plan to help people most in need pay their council tax as the cost-of-living crisis continues.
Our Council Tax Reduction Scheme is reviewed every year and you now have six weeks to let us know what you think about two proposed changes for 2024-2025.
The first change will mean more support for self-employed residents who are trying to grow their own business. The second aims to help ease the financial pressures for residents with a disability or health condition which affects how much they can work. The changes will see over 455 residents or families get much needed extra financial support.
The proposals will cost a total of £164,825. Our share of the cost will be 11% - that’s £18,131. The rest will be met by the other organisations who charge part of the Council Tax bill, such as Devon County Council, the Police, and Fire and Rescue.
We now want to hear from residents and partner authorities if they agree with the planned changes.
Our Lead Member for Leisure, Health and Wellbeing, Cllr Tony Leech, said: “Sharing your thoughts on our Council Tax Reduction Scheme means you are part of an important conversation about what is best for our communities.
“The changes we are proposing aim to support some of our more vulnerable residents so it’s important we hear what you have to say about our plans for next year’s scheme. Please make sure you have your say.”
You can take part in the online consultation at counciltaxreductionwestdevon.commonplace.is until 28 November 2023.