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Council Tax Reduction Scheme Review and Charges for Long Term Empty Properties (Consultation)

The report proposes changes to the current council tax reduction scheme for those of working age, particularly those in receipt of Universal Credit and to undertake a public consultation on the proposals. The proposals could increase the generosity of the scheme but also aim to improve administration. The report also includes a separate recommendation to amend the premiums added to long term empty dwellings and makes reference to potential changes to the treatment of second homes, pending the enactment of the Levelling Up and Regeneration Bill for England.

Decision type: Key

Reason Key: Expenditure > £500,000;

Decision status: For Determination

Notice of proposed decision first published: 11/09/2023

Decision due: 12 Dec 2023 by Cabinet

Lead member: Cllr Nick Botterill, Cabinet Member for Finance, Development Management and Strategic Planning nick.botterill@wiltshire.gov.uk

Lead director: Lizzie Watkin (Director - Finance)

Department: Finance

Contact: Ian P Brown, Head of Revenues and Benefits Email: ianp.brown@wiltshire.gov.uk Tel: 01225 716701.

Consultation process

The report seeks agreement to begin a 12 week proposal on changes to the council tax reduction scheme.


Police, Fire, Voluntary Sector, Town and Parish Councils, stakeholders including customers and staff


  • Council Tax REduction Scheme Review and Charges for empty properties  




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