Discretionary council tax discount policy revised

Your District Council has approved amendments to a policy that enables local people to apply for a discretionary council tax discount in exceptional circumstances.

The revised policy allows more flexibility to backdate awards to care leavers and adds an appeals process for dissatisfied applicants.

In addition to care leavers, those qualifying for a council tax discount could include households affected by national disasters and significant flooding events.

A care leaver is defined as a young person aged 18 to 25 who was formerly a child in the care of a local authority and who then became a ‘care leaver’ as described in The Children (Leaving Care) Act 2000 and is liable for council tax in the Derbyshire Dales.

The policy also mentions households that would "suffer undue financial hardship" if they had to pay the council tax without a discretionary discount in cases of unforeseen or exceptional circumstances that affect their homes or wellbeing.

A meeting of the District Council's full council approved the revised policy last week and also introduced a new class of discount to offset a Homes for Ukraine-related increase in council tax liability during the current financial year, which protects, for example, a sponsor's single person discount.

The revised policy, together with more information generally about council tax discounts, can be found here on the District Council's website at www.derbyshiredales.gov.uk/counciltaxdiscounts

A Council spokesperson said:
"The cost of discretionary discounts is borne wholly by this Council, whereas we retain only around 14% of council tax income, so awards must meet the underlying principle of offering value for money to all council tax payers.
"This means that normally we will not grant local discounts unless there are very exceptional circumstances. However where the circumstances meet the policy criteria a discount may be granted."
Your District Council has approved amendments to a policy that enables local people to apply for a discretionary council tax discount in exceptional circumstances.

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