Council Tax Discretionary Reduction Scheme award decision
Whilst waiting for a decision on your Council Tax Discretionary Reduction Scheme application, you should:
- continue to make council tax payments
- tell us about any changes of circumstance
- tell us about any other benefit or reduction you've been awarded, which wasn't included in your application
What circumstances we consider
We consider your circumstances, as well as those of your partner and other members of your household when making a decision, including:
- personal circumstances
- income and expenditure
- finances, such as any savings or capital which could be used to pay your council tax
- circumstances and finances of all liable parties and their households (for those with joint liability)
- whether your expenditure includes avoidable expenses which may be considered luxuries or lifestyle choices, which could be reduced to enable you to pay your council tax
- whether you could make any payments other than by receiving a discretionary award - for example, by statutory discount (such as a Single Occupancy Discount), an alternative payment arrangement, or through other financial assistance
Part 2 of the Discretionary Reduction Scheme
We'll also consider eligibility for a reduction under part 2 of the Council Tax Discretionary Reduction Scheme.
This relates to cases where a number of householders meet common criteria, for example, where a specific natural disaster such as flooding has impacted a number of properties.
We'll award these reductions on a proactive basis without you needing to apply - however, you can still apply for this reduction if you wish.
Notification of our decision
The amount of reduction and how long we decide to make the award for are at our discretion.
When we've made a decision about your application, we'll send you:
- a decision letter confirming whether or not we've made an award
- a full statement outlining the reasons for our decision
- details of the factors we've taken into account when making our decision
- a new council tax bill
Disagreeing with a decision
You can ask us to reconsider if you disagree with our decision - however, you must:
- state the reasons why you disagree with our decision
- do this in writing within 1 month of our decision letter
- send your appeal by letter or email to our Benefits Team
A senior manager will consider your appeal, and their decision is final. We'll notify you in writing of the outcome and the reasons for our decision.
You can appeal directly to the Valuation Tribunal for England if you still wish to dispute our decision.
Contact us for an appointment to get benefits advice in person at West Offices.