Council Tax Reduction Scheme
The annual Council Tax Reduction Scheme (CTRS) is due to be approved at a
Cabinet meeting on Tuesday, 19, January.
The CTRS is a reduction which is paid to low income households to help them
meet the cost of their Council Tax bills. It is a national scheme in Wales with
the main regulations for the scheme set by the Welsh Government giving the
Council some powers to make decisions.
The Council proposes to continue to use the same areas of discretion which were
set out in the last financial year. These are:
- To continue to disregard all war disablement and war widows pensions as
- Not to increase the extended payment period to more than four weeks when an
applicant starts work.
- To maintain the standard three month backdating provisions for pensioners
when a good reason for failing to claim earlier is shown
There will be no changes to the CTRS so claimants will be familiar with the
benefits entitlements available under the scheme.
Councillor Aaron Shotton, Leader of the Council said:
Whilst there is no additional money available from Welsh Government to fund
the discretionary elements, I am pleased to say that Flintshire’s Council Tax
Reduction Scheme proposed for 2016-2017 supports the continuation to disregard
all war disablement and war widows pensions as income.