Decision details

COUNCIL TAX DISCRETIONARY SCHEMES - PROPOSAL TO CONSULT ON CHANGES

Decision status: Recommendations Approved (subject to call-in)

Is Key decision?: No

Is subject to call in?: Yes

Decision:

That approval be given to consult on proposed changes to the Council Tax Discretionary Scheme on Empty Property Charges from April 2023.

Reasons for the decision:

Council Tax liability charges are set based on legislative requirements. There are a number of statutory discounts that the Council is required to award; however, since April 2013, the statutory discounts were removed for certain empty properties and councils were required to set their own discretionary policies. The report seeks approval to consult on a range of discounts related to unoccupied, empty properties included in the current discretionary policy, to be more fit for purpose and to align with GM counterparts.

Alternative options considered:

To decide to leave the existing discretionary awards in place; however, this would potentially mean that savings would need to come from elsewhere which is more likely to have a more direct impact on vulnerable and / or financially struggling residents.

Publication date: 21/06/2022

Date of decision: 20/06/2022

Decided at meeting: 20/06/2022 - Executive

Date comes into force if not called in: 29/06/2022

Call-in deadline date: 28/06/2022

Current call-in Count: 0

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