North Devon Council is carrying out a consultation on proposed changes to its council tax reduction scheme to find out what local residents think about it.

The council is proposing to make changes to its scheme which helps working-age residents on a low income to reduce their council tax bill. Pension-age customers will not be affected due to a government scheme already in place.

The council is planning to introduce some changes to make it fairer, simpler and easier to administer.

Proposed changes include:

  • To allow the council to increase the levels of incomes within each band to allow for any changes made by government to other benefits
  • To allow the council to suspend the use of the minimum income floor for the self-employed in exceptional circumstances
  • To remove the two child restriction where the claimant or partner or any dependent child in the household receives a disability benefit
  • To amend the scheme to allow for shared parental leave, parental bereavement leave and the Grenfell Tower Residents’ Discretionary Fund

As well as the proposed changes, residents can also have their say on alternatives including the possibility of keeping the current scheme.

The consultation starts on the 2 November 2020 and will be open until 13 December 2020.

Leader of North Devon Council Councillor David Worden says: "We want to hear the views from as many of our residents as possible in this consultation. Some people may have ideas or thoughts that we haven't considered and it would be really great to hear them."

Residents can have their say and find out full details about the proposals on the council website

Paper copies are available by calling the Customer Services team on 01271 327711.