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Note: Council Tax Support (CTS) Scheme
Calling to Order of the Meeting
The meeting of the Council will be called to order to receive His Worship The Mayor and Deputy Mayor.
The meeting of the Council was called to order to receive His Worship The Mayor and Deputy Mayor.
A minute’s silence was observed in memory of the late former Mayor (2003-2004) and Councillor of the Borough Council of Oadby and Wigston, Mr Peter Valentine.
Apologies for Absence
An apology for absence was received from Councillors E R Barr, L A Bentley, Miss M V Chamberlain, Dr T K Khong, R E R Morris and R H Thakor.
Declarations of Interest
Members are reminded that any declaration of interest should be made having regard to the Members’ Code of Conduct. In particular, Members must make clear the nature of the interest and whether it is 'pecuniary' or ‘non-pecuniary'.
Councillors F S Broadley, Mrs L M Broadley and Ms K M Chalk entered the Chamber at 6:21 pm.
The Council gave consideration to the report and appendices (at pages 1 - 27) and the addendum (at page 1) as delivered and summarised by the Welfare and Taxation Manager which should be read together with these minutes as a composite document.
The Deputy Leader of the Council, Councillor M H Charlesworth, moved recommendations 2.1.(i), 2.1.(iii), 2.2.(i) and 2.2.(ii) as set out in the report (at page 1).
The Leader of the Council, Councillor J W Boyce, seconded the recommendations.
The Deputy Leader acknowledged the comments received from Leicestershire County Council (at page 3) which he described as unhelpful. He further enquired as to whether the remaining six Leicestershire District and Borough Councils had adopted, or were due to adopt, the same Council Tax Support System.
The Welfare and Taxation Manger advised the remaining six Leicestershire District and Borough Councils had not adopted recommendations 2.2(i) in respect of the reduction to the capital limit for banding purposes.
(i) The Council Tax Support Scheme for 2017/18 be approved by the Council.
(a) The level of maximum Council Tax Support for working age customers remain at 85%; and
(b) Delegated authority be given to the Section 151 Officer to adjust the Council Tax Support Scheme annually with regard to the uprating of personal allowances and premiums and changes to the Universal Credit Scheme affecting the Council Tax Support Scheme as announced by Central Government.
(ii) The following changes as part of the Council Tax Support Scheme be adopted.
(a) To reduce the capital limit to £6,000; and
(b) To restrict the amount of the Council Tax Support (CTS) award to Council Tax Band D (insofar as anyone who applies for CTS who lives in a property banded E to H would have their CTS calculated as though they were in a Band D property).
Votes For 19
Votes Against 0