Media release - issued 19 Dec 2018

Residents asked for views on council tax funding for next year

Rushmoor Borough Council has launched a consultation to ask for residents' views on its council tax support scheme and funding for next year.

The council is committed to keeping council tax low and affordable for everyone, while raising funds for essential services that Hampshire County Council, the police, fire and rescue service and it provide.

Council tax support helps some working age residents, who are on a low income or receive benefits, by reducing the amount of council tax they have to pay.

At the moment all working age residents, who receive council tax support, are asked to pay at least 12 per cent of their council tax - a discount of up to 88 per cent on their bill. Pensioners, who do not have much money, do not have to pay any council tax.

The council is considering increasing this minimum to 15 per cent (an 85 per cent discount on their bill).

The council is also asking for views on some alternatives, which include increasing its share of the council tax, reducing spending, increasing income or using some council reserves.

So that it gets a wide range of views, the council is inviting all council tax payers to take part in its consultation. It is also writing to all working age residents, who receive council tax support, to ask for their views.

The consultation is available on the Council services and council tax support scheme consultation page on our website until Wednesday 16 January. Paper copies of the survey are also available on request.

Councillor Gareth Lyon, Cabinet member for Corporate and Democratic Services, said: "We have a responsibility to all our residents to make sure we continue to manage our budgets well and to be fair to all. We have reviewed our council tax support scheme this year and it continues to be one of the most generous in the country - this would continue to be the case even were we to move to a 15 per cent minimum contribution - an 85 per cent discount. Any discount needs to be paid for by other council tax payers and has an impact on the funds available for fire, police, county and Rushmoor services.

"Before we make a decision, we would like to hear from our residents so that we can take a balanced view."

 

 
Did you find what you were looking for?Did you find what you were looking for?
  1.  
  2.  
    1. We use your views to improve our website. If you have a query about our services, please email customerservices@rushmoor.gov.uk.

    1. We use your views to improve our website. If you have a query about our services, please email customerservices@rushmoor.gov.uk.

 

A - Z of Council Services