Council Tax

November 23rd, 2012 by James Goudie KC

Two new Statutory Instruments, the Council Tax Reduction Schemes (Prescribed Requirements) (England) Regulations 2012, SI 2012/2885, and the Council Tax Reduction Schemes (Default Scheme) (England) Regulations 2012, SI 2012/2886, make provision for the new, localised, council tax support schemes in England, which come into effect on 1 April 2013.  They replace council tax benefit.  All billing authorities in England are required to have their own scheme.  The Default Scheme Regulations make provision for a default scheme that will apply to those billing authorities that have not made their own scheme by 31 January 2013.  Otherwise all schemes made by authorities, approved by Full Council, must include those matters that are prescribed in the Prescribed Requirements Regulations, as well as those matters which are required to be included in local schemes by paragraph 2 of Schedule 1A to the Local Government Finance Act 1992, as inserted by the Local Government Finance Act 2012, section 10 and Schedule 4.

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