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Council Tax Support Scheme Survey

 
   

Your opportunity to give us your view on Gateshead Council's proposed
local Council Tax Support Scheme

CtaxSupportSchemeCentral Government are making changes to Council Tax benefits. Currently there is a national benefits scheme which sets out who can get help towards paying their Council Tax. From 2013 the Government is abolishing the current scheme and have instructed local councils to create a new local Council Tax Support scheme to give people on low incomes help towards their Council Tax.

We want to make sure that our scheme reflects the needs of our community and is as fair as possible. We are inviting all residents, (whether they claim Council Tax Benefit or not), as well as local organisations and groups, to give us their views by completing our survey by 14 November 2012 or attending one of our consultation events (small discussion groups).

The funding that we will get from the Government for our new local scheme will be significantly less than we got for the old national scheme. In Gateshead we will receive around £3 million less in 2013/14 compared to the amount we received this year. This means that there are difficult decisions to be made about who should receive this financial support and how much they will get.  If you would like to see how you may be affected by the proposed scheme, please use our Entitlement Calculator|. For examples of how households could be affected by the proposed scheme, please click here|.

The Government have decided that pensioners are protected from any changes and will not receive less support than they do at the moment. Support for pensioners will be calculated by using a national scheme set out by the Government, which is very similar to the current one. As pensioners are protected, the changes will only affect the working age population.

To Take Part

  • Complete this survey online.
  • Pick up a paper survey or view our more detailed scheme at the Civic Centre, Area Housing Offices and Gateshead Libraries or by calling 0191 433 3904 or email viewpoint@gateshead.gov.uk. If you have any questions about the content of the questionnaire, need help filling it in, please contact us using the details above.
  • Reserve a place at one of our consultation events across Gateshead where you can find out more about the scheme, ask questions and give us your views.  These events will be held at:
 Gateshead Civic Centre,
 Regent Street
Monday 8th October
5:30pm - 7:00pm
 Birtley Hub,
 Harraton Terrace
Tuesday 9th October
1:30pm - 3:00pm
 Dunston Activity Centre,
 Elison Road
Wednesday 10th October
6:00pm - 7:30pm
 Blaydon Customer Service Centre,
 Wesley Court
Tuesday 16th October
10:00am - 11:30am
 Leam Lane Customer Service Centre,
 Cotemede
Thursday 18th October
2:00pm - 3:30pm

If you would like to register an interest in attending any of these events please contact us on: 0191 433 3904 or email: viewpoint@gateshead.gov.uk| Please note, places will be allocated on a first come first served basis.

For More Information

  • Visit our stand in the main reception area of the Civic Centre. The stand will be staffed on Wednesday 10 October from 9am–1pm and on Thursday 18 October from 1-4pm if you want to find out more about the proposed scheme and consultation.
  • View a copy of our more detailed proposed Council Tax Support Scheme.

 

 

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