Bristol residents are being asked to take part in a new consultation to give their views on how low-income households in the city will be supported to pay their council tax 2024/25.
The council provides a Council Tax Reduction scheme that helps people on a low-income with their council tax costs. Currently up to 100% of a household’s council tax bill can be paid for through the scheme. And 75% of eligible low-income households have their bills paid in full.
Bristol is one of the last few councils in England to provide a fully funded scheme after the former Council Tax Benefit system was abolished nationally in 2013. This is despite the reduction in government funding and wider financial challenges the council has faced.
Earlier this year, the Council decided to review the scheme for 2024/25. In 2022/23, the scheme cost £43.4 million. It aims to make a saving of around £3 million through reducing the percentage of support available.
Have your say
If the changes apply to you or you have a view, this is your chance to have your say.
Ten options have been proposed. By taking part in the consultation, you can help shape the final proposals for the Council to consider.
The consultation is open until midnight on Sunday 25 September. You can complete the survey on the Ask Bristol website.
If you would like a paper copy of the consultation, please email email@example.com