Council tax support models that Members can sign up to

“The reason we were able to get to the scheme that we finally got to was due to the depth of the analysis that was carried out by Policy in Practice on our behalf, and it was a massive help.”

Allan Clark, Revenues and Benefits Manager, Barnet Council

Short of time? Listen to our guest speaker only (with subtitles)

Nearly 5 million households received council tax support in 2017-18, making it the most common means tested payments. The average award per household was £770 per year, a significant £4.1 billion cost to local authorities.

In response to shrinking budgets 90% of English councils made changes to their CTRS schemes last year, almost all of them cuts.

But, as Universal Credit rolls out, how should councils change their schemes, in order to protect their most vulnerable residents?

Policy in Practice’s Zoe Charlesworth and Megan Mclean talked to Allan Clark, Barnet Council to learn how they’re changing their council tax support scheme for Universal Credit and how Policy in Practice’s Council Tax Support Scheme modelling helped.

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