Impact on Council Tax levels
The council tax base is used to calculate the amount of council tax charged per household and how much is raised for the preceptors (Surrey County Council and Surrey Police).
The more we reduce council tax liability with Council Tax Support the more of that foregone revenue has to be made up by the remaining council taxpayers.
Over the past few years Runnymede Borough Council have increased its element of the council tax by £5 on Band D. For every £5 increase in the council tax liability, 37 pence goes to covering that increase in council tax liability, leaving £4.63 to be spent on other services.
The 2022/23 council tax raises £179.55 on each Band D for all our services, £9.82 of that goes towards the cost of Council Tax Support.
Therefore, to provide a more generous Council Tax Support scheme, more of that revenue would be drawn away from other services.
The cost of these proposals are
- Flat rate non dependant deductions and removing the additional earnings disregard for just those claiming Universal Credit and changing the minimum to £5 for all groups: would result in approximately £42,587 increase in Council Tax Support.
- Flat rate non dependant deductions, removing the additional earnings disregard and changing the minimum to £5 for all groups: would result in approximately £34,273 increase in Council Tax Support.
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