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Council Tax Reduction-Consultation by Telford & Wrekin Council

People in Telford and Wrekin are being asked for their views on planned changes to the scheme that offers support to residents of working age on lowest incomes with the costs of council tax.

Since 2013, councils have been responsible for their own Council Tax Support schemes for working-age residents.

Telford & Wrekin Council are proposing to make significant changes to our local scheme from 1 April 2020.

The council are keen to give everyone, whether claiming support or not, the opportunity to have their say on the proposals before any changes are decided.

Consultation starts on 30 September 2019 and ends on 10 November 2019 to meet the Council’s budget setting timetable and to allow sufficient time for responses to be considered and evaluated.

Please give your views by completing the questionnaire, Councillors need these to decide on the final changes to our Council Tax Support scheme for 2020/21. To complete the questionnaire click on this link. https://telford.researchfeedback.net/wh/s.asp?k=156950358441

For further information on the proposals, click on Telford & Wrekin website:  https://www.telford.gov.uk/info/20240/consultations/3907/council_tax_reduction_consultation

If you have additional questions regarding the consultation or require information in an alternative format please email [email protected] or ring 01952 383838 and select option 3 followed by option 5.

Shropshire Council 250-253

Shropshire Council tax support consultation 2019

The former national Council Tax Benefit Scheme was abolished on 31 March 2013 and replaced with a new system of localised council tax support. This requires each billing authority to design and implement its own scheme for awarding council tax discounts to working age customers on low incomes, while accommodating a 10% reduction in government funding.

The basis of our current scheme was approved by council on 14 December 2017.  

The changes that were agreed that took effect from 1 April 2018 were:

  • Make changes to our current scheme to align with housing benefit changes:
    • Removal of the family premium
    • Applying the two child limitation
    • Restricting backdating to a maximum of one month
    • Bereavement support payments and payments from either the ‘We Love Manchester Fund’ or the ‘London Emergency Trust’ to be disregarded in full
    • Absence from home to be limited to four weeks when outside GB
    • Beneficial changes to be reported within one month of date of change
  • Apply a minimum award of £1.50
  • Introduce a de minimus amount of £10 per week for claimants in receipt of universal credit
  • Apply a minimum 20% payment in council tax support

Click the link to take a look at the report considered by council, including a summary of the scheme.

In order to ensure that the most vulnerable groups in society are protected it was agreed that the following would be exempt from the 20% minimum payment:

  • Claimants in receipt of severe disability premium
  • Claimants in receipt of the support component of employment and support allowance
  • Claimants in receipt of war pension

Changes to our council tax support scheme with effect from 1 April 2019

We went live with universal credit full service in May 2018. The severe disability premium doesn’t exist in universal credit. Employment and support allowance doesn’t form part of universal credit. This means that claimants who have moved into universal credit who would otherwise have been exempt from the 20% minimum payment won’t be exempt.

In order to ensure that affected claimants who have moved into universal credit retain the exemption from the 20% minimum payment it was agreed that:

  • Claimants or couples who have moved into universal credit but meet the qualifying criteria for the severe disablement premium will be exempt from the 20% minimum payment
  • Claimants or partners in receipt of the limited capability for work-related activity element in universal credit (that’s the equivalent to the support element of employment and support allowance) will be exempt from the 20% minimum payment

Proposed changes to our council tax support scheme with effect from 1 April 2020

With effect from 1 April 2020 we’re proposing that our council tax support scheme is amended as follows.

  • We’ve defined a council tax reversal as an amount of council tax support to which the claimant wasn’t entitled, and we’ve clarified what action the council will take depending on whether the reversal is caused by claimant error or official error.
  • We’ve clarified that where a reversal is due to claimant error the total sum of the reversal shall be fully chargeable and recoverable as part of the claimant’s council tax liability
  • We’ve clarified that where the reversal arose due to official error, that where the claimant or their representative could reasonably have been expected at the time to realise that the assessment had been made in error, the total sum of the reversal shall be fully chargeable and recoverable as part of the claimant’s council tax liability. Otherwise, the amount of the reversal won’t be chargeable and recoverable as part of the claimant’s council tax liability
  • In the event of a council tax reversal, we’ll consider any underlying award that the claimant should have been entitled to provided evidence is received from the claimant within one month of the claimant being notified of the reversal, or where an appeal against a recoverable reversal is made
  • We’ve clarified the definition of ‘pensioner’ in accordance with new benefit rules for mixed age couples and eligibility for local council tax reduction schemes
  • Any payment made by the Home Office under the Windrush Compensation Scheme or the Windrush Exceptional Payment Scheme will be disregarded as capital

There is no expected cost or saving as a result of this amendments.

You can comment on these proposals by emailing [email protected]

This consultation ends on Friday 22nd November 2019

 

Shropshire Council 250-253

Shropshire Council tax support consultation 2019

Start Date:
11th October 2019

End Date:
22nd November 2019

Start Time:
00.01

End Time:
23.59

The former national Council Tax Benefit Scheme was abolished on 31 March 2013 and replaced with a new system of localised council tax support. This requires each billing authority to design and implement its own scheme for awarding council tax discounts to working age customers on low incomes, while accommodating a 10% reduction in government funding.

The basis of our current scheme was approved by council on 14 December 2017.  

The changes that were agreed that took effect from 1 April 2018 were:

  • Make changes to our current scheme to align with housing benefit changes:
    • Removal of the family premium
    • Applying the two child limitation
    • Restricting backdating to a maximum of one month
    • Bereavement support payments and payments from either the ‘We Love Manchester Fund’ or the ‘London Emergency Trust’ to be disregarded in full
    • Absence from home to be limited to four weeks when outside GB
    • Beneficial changes to be reported within one month of date of change
  • Apply a minimum award of £1.50
  • Introduce a de minimus amount of £10 per week for claimants in receipt of universal credit
  • Apply a minimum 20% payment in council tax support

Click the link to take a look at the report considered by council, including a summary of the scheme.

In order to ensure that the most vulnerable groups in society are protected it was agreed that the following would be exempt from the 20% minimum payment:

  • Claimants in receipt of severe disability premium
  • Claimants in receipt of the support component of employment and support allowance
  • Claimants in receipt of war pension

Changes to our council tax support scheme with effect from 1 April 2019

We went live with universal credit full service in May 2018. The severe disability premium doesn’t exist in universal credit. Employment and support allowance doesn’t form part of universal credit. This means that claimants who have moved into universal credit who would otherwise have been exempt from the 20% minimum payment won’t be exempt.

In order to ensure that affected claimants who have moved into universal credit retain the exemption from the 20% minimum payment it was agreed that:

  • Claimants or couples who have moved into universal credit but meet the qualifying criteria for the severe disablement premium will be exempt from the 20% minimum payment
  • Claimants or partners in receipt of the limited capability for work-related activity element in universal credit (that’s the equivalent to the support element of employment and support allowance) will be exempt from the 20% minimum payment

Proposed changes to our council tax support scheme with effect from 1 April 2020

With effect from 1 April 2020 we’re proposing that our council tax support scheme is amended as follows.

  • We’ve defined a council tax reversal as an amount of council tax support to which the claimant wasn’t entitled, and we’ve clarified what action the council will take depending on whether the reversal is caused by claimant error or official error.
  • We’ve clarified that where a reversal is due to claimant error the total sum of the reversal shall be fully chargeable and recoverable as part of the claimant’s council tax liability
  • We’ve clarified that where the reversal arose due to official error, that where the claimant or their representative could reasonably have been expected at the time to realise that the assessment had been made in error, the total sum of the reversal shall be fully chargeable and recoverable as part of the claimant’s council tax liability. Otherwise, the amount of the reversal won’t be chargeable and recoverable as part of the claimant’s council tax liability
  • In the event of a council tax reversal, we’ll consider any underlying award that the claimant should have been entitled to provided evidence is received from the claimant within one month of the claimant being notified of the reversal, or where an appeal against a recoverable reversal is made
  • We’ve clarified the definition of ‘pensioner’ in accordance with new benefit rules for mixed age couples and eligibility for local council tax reduction schemes
  • Any payment made by the Home Office under the Windrush Compensation Scheme or the Windrush Exceptional Payment Scheme will be disregarded as capital

There is no expected cost or saving as a result of this amendments.

You can comment on these proposals by emailing [email protected]

This consultation ends on Friday 22nd November 2019

 

 

Telford & Wrekin 250-253

Connecting Communities-Telford and Wrekin

Start Date:
3rd November 2019

End Date:
3rd November 2019

Start Time:
1400

End Time:
1900

Event title: Connecting Communities-Telford and Wrekin
Venue: The Place, Oakengates Theatre, Lime Walk, Oakengates TF2 6EP
Name: Community Connectors
Email: [email protected]
Telephone: 01952 382133
Event description: This is an afternoon of fun and celebration. Join us for Dance and Entertainment by the communities of Telford. Residents are invited to a free  event which will celebrate the diversity of the borough on Sunday 3 November.

 

Telford & Wrekin Council cabinet member Raj Mehta is using his role to promote inclusivity by hosting the event which will bring together local community groups to promote mutual understanding

 

The event will comprise an exhibition and activities from 2 pm – 4.30 pm with stalls set up by groups and organisations to showcase what they offer.  Activities will take place at The Wakes and The Place, they will include:

  • Chinese calligraphy and tea making
  • Sikh martial arts
  • Indian Yoga Guru workshop
  • Contemporary Indian dance workshop
  • YMCA Pebble art
  • Displays of traditional dress from different regions of India and Asia
  • Sample foods from many different cultures
  • Music and singing
  • Army cadet climbing wall (subject to weather)
  • Information stands from many different community groups.

The afternoon will be completed with a multicultural variety performance in the main theatre auditorium from 5-7 pm.

Dr. Dheeraj P. Joshi, Consulate General of India in Birmingham, will be teaching a yoga workshop open to beginners through to more advanced yogis at The Wakes from 2.30 – 4 pm.

Some activities and workshops may be limited on a first come first served basis.

For further information email [email protected] or call 01952 382133

Connecting Communities Telford

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Fundraising Charity Quiz

Start Date:
19th October 2019

End Date:
19th October 2019

Start Time:
1845 for 1900 start

End Time:
Contact for details

Event title: Fundraising Charity Quiz
Venue: Severn Valley Hotel, Buildwas Road, Ironbridge, Coalbrookdale, Telford TF8 7DW
Name: CAP
Email: [email protected]
Telephone: 07462 577566
Event description: Join us for our fundraising Quiz. £15 per person including a hot pot supper. Raising funds for Christians against Poverty.
Come as a team of 6 or 8 or form a team on the night.

This event is sponsored by staff and volunteers from Barclays Bank, Telford Shopping Centre.

CAP Quiz

albrighton trust 250-253

Festive Shopping Fayre

Start Date:
10th November 2019

End Date:
10th November 2019

Start Time:
1200

End Time:
1600

Event title: Festive Shopping Fayre
Venue: Albrighton Trust Moat & Gardens, Blue House Lane, Albrighton, Nr Wolverhampton, WV7 3FL
Name: Albrighton Trust
Email: [email protected]
Telephone: 01902 372441
Event description: Christmas Shopping at the Albrighton Moat and Gardens Festive Shopping Fayre
Come along and support your local community, shop locally. We have a variety of stall’s everything you need for Christmas from small local businesses and crafters.

Refreshments available.

Free Admission

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Telford & Wrekin 250-253

Council Tax Reduction-Consultation by Telford & Wrekin Council

Start Date:
30th September 2019

End Date:
10th November 2019

Start Time:
00.01

End Time:
23.59

People in Telford and Wrekin are being asked for their views on planned changes to the scheme that offers support to residents of working age on lowest incomes with the costs of council tax.

Since 2013, councils have been responsible for their own Council Tax Support schemes for working-age residents.

Telford & Wrekin Council are proposing to make significant changes to our local scheme from 1 April 2020.

The council are keen to give everyone, whether claiming support or not, the opportunity to have their say on the proposals before any changes are decided.

Consultation starts on 30 September 2019 and ends on 10 November 2019 to meet the Council’s budget setting timetable and to allow sufficient time for responses to be considered and evaluated.

Please give your views by completing the questionnaire, Councillors need these to decide on the final changes to our Council Tax Support scheme for 2020/21. To complete the questionnaire click on this link. https://telford.researchfeedback.net/wh/s.asp?k=156950358441

For further information on the proposals, click on Telford & Wrekin website:  https://www.telford.gov.uk/info/20240/consultations/3907/council_tax_reduction_consultation

If you have additional questions regarding the consultation or require information in an alternative format please email [email protected] or ring 01952 383838 and select option 3 followed by option 5.

healthwatch telford and wrekin

Healthwatch Telford and Wrekin Public Meeting

Would you like to have your say on local health & social care services in Telford & Wrekin?

You are invited to join Telford and Wrekin Healthwatch at their Public Meeting Tuesday 12th November 2019 6 pm – 8 pm at Donnington Community Hub, St Matthews Road, Donnington, Telford TF2 7PR

There will be two guest speakers:
• Public Health and Health Improvement – Assistant Director Health & Wellbeing, Telford and Wrekin Council

• Sustainability Transformation Partnerships (Shropshire, Telford and Wrekin) Refreshments will be provided!

Refreshments will be provided.

Please register your interest with us by calling the office on 01952 739540 or e-mail: [email protected]

Click here for poster: Public Meeting Nov 2019 Poster

age uk

Stop Older People being Evicted for no reason!

Over the past year, Age UK have heard from more and more older people who can’t afford to own their home and are trapped in privately rented housing for the rest of their lives. So they have decided they need to do something about it, and urgently.

Landlords are allowed to evict older renters at short notice even when they’ve done nothing wrong. That’s stressful and uncertain for anyone, but it’s even harder as you get older and need more stability. 

Age UK are asking the Government to keep their promise to end no-fault evictions. They are consulting on the issue at the moment and if enough of us stand up for older private renters, we can give more people a safe and stable home to grow old in.

If you wish to join in and help Age UK in their plight, you can add your voice at this link:  https://campaigns.ageuk.org.uk/page/48944/petition/1?ea.tracking.id=emailbutton&utm_source=older_renters_eviction_sept&utm_medium=email&utm_campaign=campaigns_housing

Jolt

Not what it looks like -Exhibition

Start Date:
10th October 2019

End Date:
31st October 2019

Start Time:
1000

End Time:
1600

Event title: Not what it looks like -Exhibition
Venue: Jolt, 15 Cross Street, Oswestry, SY11 2NF
Name: Jolt
Email: [email protected]
Telephone: 01691 655 140
Event description: 10th October is World Mental Health Day. This year’s focus is suicide prevention, and it is also an opportunity for everyone to talk about what more needs to be done to make mental health care a reality for people worldwide. This is your chance to come and see our ‘Not What It Looks Like’ Exhibition from a project earlier this year for mental health awareness week.

On display will be open every Tuesday-Saturday 10-4 pm at 15 Cross Street Oswestry, throughout October.