We help councils model different options for council tax support schemes, based on their local priorities.

With support for some areas ring fenced, funding reduced due to budget cuts and support needs increasing due to welfare reform policies, local authorities face big challenges when designing their best-fit CTR scheme.

They have to balance the need for cost reductions with the needs of their most vulnerable residents.

“At North Hertfordshire District Council we wanted to spend more of our budget on council tax support whilst making sure we factored in the effects of welfare reforms. Policy in Practice helped us to accurately model our best CTRS scheme and establish the ideal level of support.”

Howard Crompton, North Hertfordshire District Council

“We were up against extremely challenging deadlines and needed to put CTRS scheme options together quickly. Policy in Practice won the tender because of their clear and unique approach, experience, detailed understanding of welfare reform impacts and excellent team. Their work and flexibility in delivery scores 10 out of 10. The fact that the work has been produced in such a short space of time, and to such high quality standards, is particularly impressive.”

Steve Hill, London Borough of Tower Hamlets

“Faced with a big funding gap Lambeth must make cost reductions. We commissioned Policy in Practice to give us clear, trustworthy information to evaluate proposed CTS scheme options and consult with affected groups. They’ve done this and more, by also showing us where our welfare support can be best targeted. “

Tim Hillman-Brown, Lambeth Council

What our Council Tax Reduction Scheme Modelling can do for you

What we model

  • The cost / impacts of your current CTRS scheme
  • The cost / impacts of your current CTRS scheme uprated to the following year
  • The cost / impacts of other CTRS schemes you’re considering

Our CTRS modelling is stand alone but is more detailed when done alongside a Welfare Reform Impact Analysis.

Why councils use it

  • To understand the future cost of their CTS schemes
  • To compare costs of proposed CTS schemes vs current scheme
  • To compare impact of proposed CTS schemes vs current scheme
  • To provide data and models for Members and public consultation
  • To inform wider anti-poverty strategies eg allocation of DHPs

Common scheme options

  • Varying the taper rate
  • Varying the savings limits
  • Varying band restrictions
  • Varying minimum payment
  • Varying changes to non-dependent deductions or family premium
  • Varying income-banded schemes
  • Varying Universal Credit schemes

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Read about some of the CTRS schemes we’ve designed for local authority clients.

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