Croydon has approved plans for a new, boosted council tax support scheme which will provide extra help to residents in need.
From April 2023, the amount of council tax support provided to the borough’s most vulnerable residents will be linked to the proposed increase in council tax, meaning more support to those who need it most.
After listening to residents during the borough-wide consultation held last year, the council has made further changes to the scheme to help more disabled households with their council tax bills.
Changes for those households will include protection where adult family members receive a carer’s allowance, and the removal of the minimum income requirements for disabled people who are self-employed, providing more support.
Residents who receive council tax support will be updated about any changes to the amount they receive in their annual decision notice, due in mid-March.
“Making these changes to our Council Tax Support Scheme makes it fairer and more consistent whilst continuing to target support towards our most vulnerable residents.
“Thank you to everyone who took part in the consultation. By listening to our residents we’ve been able to make changes that will provide extra support to our residents who need it most.”
Jason Perry, Executive Mayor of Croydon
Croydon’s support scheme, introduced in 2013 was reviewed in the last financial year, moving to an ‘income band’ system making it fairer and easier to administer, while continuing to protect those in most need.