Localisation of CT support

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    Julian Hobson

    Might have posted something like this already – apologies if I have.

    CLG’s business plan at 1.1 on page 7 http://www.number10.gov.uk/wp-content/uploads/CLG-Business-Plan1.pdf suggests that we will need to wait until December for a Bill to be introduced to create a local scheme framework.

    I really worry about capacity to respond to that in terms of procurement of systems, data take on (if necessary), scheme design (and without each and every one of us doing it how is it local ?) before April 2013. This isn’t intended to be an exhaustive list of concerns.

    You will probably also be worried about 2012 for lots of other reasons including:

    LHA reductions for protected folk (8,500 here)
    Data take on for number of bedrooms for all social rented sector
    IB to ESA reassessment will be well under way
    Lots of other stuff in the R&B world, including Localisation of Business Rates, centralising fraud work, etc etc

    There really is no room for slippage on a local CT relief scheme as we can’t realistically expect Gov to keep CTB and operate a CTB scheme that takes Universal Credit into account as Income, although I accept that might have to happen if UC goes live in Oct 2013 and local CT relief misses it’s deadline.




    The deadline is actually February 2013 when the bills go out

    Julian Hobson

    Or how about a deadline of October 2012 when we start the budget proposals for the following year, need to know/predict revenue. Guessing wildly just won’t work.


    I agree with Julian. My Finance Director is already asking me what impact this will have on Revenue streams. I would imagine that as the penny drops that this is not an isolated issue for “that service that is done somewhere in the back” more and more senior managers will become interested.

    John Boxall

    In my previous authority, the realisation of the percentage of the Council’s income that came from HB & CTB caused a sudden increase in interest in the service!

    Annual income twenty pounds, annual expenditure nineteen nineteen and six, result happiness. Annual income twenty pounds, annual expenditure twenty pounds ought and six, result misery. The blossom is blighted, the leaf is withered, the god of day goes down upon the dreary scene, and—and in short you are for ever floored.

    Wilkins Micawber, Ch12 David Copperfield

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