Review of Council Tax Support schemes

Former council leader and Member of Parliament, Eric Ollerenshaw, OBE, is to lead a review into how local Council Tax support schemes are working across the country and is calling for evidence from all interested parties.

Local Government Minister Marcus Jones said Mr Ollerenshaw would bring a wealth of experience to the role, and help make sure that the system is effective, fair and transparent.

The review follows the reform of Council Tax benefit to give councils the power to design their own schemes according to their local needs.

It will examine how this change has been implemented, what it’s meant for people receiving this support, and whether it should be part of the Universal Credit payments in the future.

Local Government Minister Marcus Jones said:

As we continue our efforts to cut the deficit, we’re determined that support is available for those who need it most and councils, with their expert knowledge of their communities’ needs, are best placed to do this.

That’s why we put power in the hands of local authorities to offer local Council Tax support to people in their area – this independent review is about understanding how this has been implemented over the past 2 years, and how areas could learn from each other.

So I’m delighted that Eric Ollerenshaw, with his decades of experience at Hackney council, the Greater London Assembly and as a Member of Parliament, has agreed to chair this independent review.

Review chairman, Eric Ollerenshaw OBE, said:

I am delighted to be given the opportunity to lead on such an important review. The localisation of Council Tax support was a significant change implemented under the coalition government.

The review’s findings will be based firmly on evidence gathered from a diverse range of sources. I urge all interested parties to make sure their voices are heard by submitting evidence to the review team. I also intend to meet with a selection of local authorities to obtain on-the-ground insight into how LCTS has been delivered to date.

See the Independent review of local Council Tax support schemes: terms of reference (PDF, 216KB, 1 page) .