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Councillors asked to maintain council tax support scheme at cabinet

Published Friday 3 December, 2021
Last updated on Friday 3 December, 2021

Councillors are being asked to maintain Swale Borough Council’s council tax support scheme for the upcoming financial year 2022/23.

The scheme will be discussed at next week’s cabinet meeting alongside next year’s budget and a review of fees and charges.

Cllr Roger Truelove, leader at the council, said:

“At our next cabinet meeting, we’ll be asking councillors to continue with our current council tax support scheme.

“The current scheme offers a reduction in council tax of up to 80 per cent for working age claimants and up to 100 per cent for pension age claimants.

“The support is means tested and will depend on your circumstances – your household income, number of dependent children and any other adults living in the home.

“Financially, the pandemic has hit people hard, and as we consider our budget for the upcoming financial year, we want to make sure we hold on to the important schemes that help support the people in the borough who really need it.

“If approved, the support scheme will remain the same for another year for those who currently claim it.

“If anybody needs help paying their council tax, I encourage them to apply for the support scheme to see if they are eligible.”

The cabinet meeting will be held in the council chamber on Wednesday, 8 December at 7pm.

The full report can be found here.

To find out more about the council tax support scheme, or to apply for support, visit www.swale.gov.uk/housing-council-tax-and-benefits/council-tax/council-tax-exemptions-discounts-and-disregards.