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Council Tax Benefit

Requested on
Thu 2nd August, 2012
Reference
FOI 2200
Resolution
Information provided

Question

Under the Freedom of Information Act, I would like to request some information in relation to the work the council has been doing to design its own council tax benefit scheme and the new flexibilities on second homes and empty properties as set out in the Local Government Finance Bill.

I am interested in what reductions in council tax benefit/support funding the council expects next year, whether the new flexibilities would cover the reduction in funding for other claimants, and how much the single persons discount costs the council. The exact information I want is set out below.

Funding totals

1. How much does the council expect to spend on council tax benefit in 2012/13? (Please provide the figure for the council itself, eg. A figure which does not include amounts relating to any precepting authorities and so is comparable to the 2013/14 figure provided by DCLG in Annex A of its funding consultation http://www.communities.gov.uk/publications/localgovernment/2146644)

2. If the council has made a different calculation of the funding change between 2012/13 and 2013/14, what is the result of this calculation and how was it made?

3. How much does the council expect to spend on single person’s discount in 2013/14?

Empty homes

4. What is the maximum additional income the council would receive in 2013/14 if it scrapped the discount on empty homes completely?

5. Is the council minded to use the new powers to change discounts on empty homes?

6. If yes to question 5, what change to the discount and what additional income does the council expect from this?

7. If there is any extra explanation or context you’d like to provide about the scheme design, please do.

Second homes

8. What is the maximum additional income the council would receive in 2013/14 if it scrapped the discount on second homes completely?

9. Is the council minded to use the new powers to apply additional council tax to second homes?

10. If yes to question 10, what change to the discount and what additional income does the council expect from this?

11. If there is any extra explanation or context you’d like to provide about the scheme design, please do.

Answer

Funding totals
1.       How much does the council expect to spend on council tax benefit in 2012/13? (Please provide the figure for the council itself, eg. A figure which does not include amounts relating to any precepting authorities and so is comparable to the 2013/14 figure provided by DCLG in Annex A of its funding consultation http://www.communities.gov.uk/publications/localgovernment/2146644)   £9.3million
2.       If the council has made a different calculation of the funding change between 2012/13 and 2013/14, what is the result of this calculation and how was it made?  we are expecting a 10% reduction in funding next year based on DCLG information 
3.       How much does the council expect to spend on single person’s discount in 2013/14?  £6million
Empty homes
4.       What is the maximum additional income the council would receive in 2013/14 if it scrapped the discount on empty homes completely?  £250k
5.       Is the council minded to use the new powers to change discounts on empty homes?  its one of the options being considered

6.       If yes to question 5, what change to the discount and what additional income does the council expect from this?  Considering 50% reduction so £125k

7.       If there is any extra explanation or context you’d like to provide about the scheme design, please do.
Second homes
8.       What is the maximum additional income the council would receive in 2013/14 if it scrapped the discount on second homes completely?  £150k
9.       Is the council minded to use the new powers to apply additional council tax to second homes?  its one of the options being considered

10.   If yes to question 10, what change to the discount and what additional income does the council expect from this?   50% reduction so £75k

11.   If there is any extra explanation or context you’d like to provide about the scheme design, please do.

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