Decision details

Local Council Tax Reduction Scheme 2024/25

Decision status: Recommend Forward to Council

Is Key decision?: Yes

Is subject to call in?: No


Recommended to Full Council (Budget and policy framework):


(1) Cabinet recommend to Full Council that the 2023/24 Local Council Tax Reduction Scheme is adopted as the 2024/25 scheme.


(2) Subject to Full Council approval Cabinet grants the Chief Executive delegated authority:


(a) to implement the Scheme, such delegated authority to include any measures necessary for or incidental to its management and administration; and


(b) if necessary, and in accordance with paragraph 2.3, to amend the Scheme in consultation with the Cabinet Member for Finance and Resources


(3) That the Exceptional Hardship Scheme continues in 2024/25 subject to funds being available.


(4) That an initial £25,000 be added to the Exceptional Hardship Scheme with this coming from the additional income raised from changes to Council Tax Discounts and Exemptions.


(Key decision):


(5) That Cabinet with the objective of implementing a revised Local Council Tax Reduction Scheme in future years:


(a) authorise the Chief Finance Officer to enter into consultation with the major precepting authorities.


(b) authorise the Chief Executive to produce a draft scheme that calculates a Council Tax Reduction of 100% of a person’s council tax liability, removes the Minimum-Income Floor for the self-employed and removes the £5.00 minimum award.


(c) on completion of the consultation and drafting authorised under (a) and (b) above, authorise the Chief Executive to consult with other interested parties.

Report author: Bill McCafferty

Publication date: 08/02/2024

Date of decision: 07/02/2024

Decided at meeting: 07/02/2024 - Eastbourne Borough Council Cabinet

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