Council opens public consultation on tax reduction scheme

PUBLISHED: 09:29 01 August 2018 | UPDATED: 09:29 01 August 2018

Paper forms can be posted to Erith Town Hall, Walnut Tree Road, Erith. Picture: Google

Paper forms can be posted to Erith Town Hall, Walnut Tree Road, Erith. Picture: Google


Bexley Council opened a public consultation on July 30 on its council tax reduction scheme, which provides support with council tax payments to residents of working age who are on low incomes.

The council is keen to hear the views of residents, local voluntary and welfare organisations, landlords and other interested parties, regardless of whether they receive benefits.

The proposals will affect all those of working age who currently claim help from the scheme, and anyone of working age who pays council tax now and might wish to claim support in the future should their circumstances change.

If residents disagree with a proposed change, there will be an opportunity for them to suggest how it should be altered, or to offer other comments.

All local authorities are required to establish their own council tax support scheme for residents who meet the criteria of needing it.

National regulations mean the council has to protect the council tax reduction levels for those of state retirement age, so they receive no less financial support than they would have under the former council tax benefit rules.

Details of the current scheme can be found at council tax reduction scheme, and the dealine for responses in September 23.

For residents who don’t have internet access at home to view the current scheme, public computers are available for use at the Civic Offices and in libraries.

Paper copies of the consultation are available at all the borough’s libraries.

Views can be given online and residents can scan and email their completed forms to or post completed paper forms to Erith Town Hall, Walnut Tree Road, Erith, Kent, DA8 1TL.

The final decision on the scheme will be made by the council no later than March 11 2019, and details will be made available on the council’s website.


Welcome , please leave your message below.

Optional - JPG files only
Optional - MP3 files only
Optional - 3GP, AVI, MOV, MPG or WMV files

Please log in to leave a comment and share your views with other Bexley Times visitors.

We enable people to post comments with the aim of encouraging open debate.

Only people who register and sign up to our terms and conditions can post comments. These terms and conditions explain our house rules and legal guidelines.

Comments are not edited by Bexley Times staff prior to publication but may be automatically filtered.

If you have a complaint about a comment please contact us by clicking on the Report This Comment button next to the comment.

Not a member yet?

Register to create your own unique Bexley Times account for free.

Signing up is free, quick and easy and offers you the chance to add comments, personalise the site with local information picked just for you, and more.

Sign up now

Latest Bexley news

Tuesday, December 11, 2018

Since Bexley Council launched its anti-litter campaign earlier this year, 1,000 Bexley residents have now made the commitment to pick up at least one piece of plastic litter a week.

Monday, December 10, 2018

Our reporter Liam Coleman met with the big man before a hectic few weeks.

Monday, December 10, 2018

Crossrail, London’s new east to west railway service, may be delayed even further and could require a £2billion funding boost, Transport for London (TfL) has confirmed.

Monday, December 10, 2018

A faulty filtation system in a fish tank is believed to have caused a fire at a care home in Thamesmead on Sunday (December 9).

Friday, December 7, 2018

Rail travellers are now benefiting from recently completed work to improve access to Erith Station and to enhance the forecourt and station building.

A Bexley man who was suspected in the racist murder of Stephen Lawrence has admitted being a kingpin in a £4 million drugs plot.

Thursday, December 6, 2018

A burglar who stole three cars from homes in Dartford and Bexley has been sentenced to four years imprisonment.

Thursday, December 6, 2018

Officers have made a number of arrests this morning (Thursday, December 6), including in areas of Bexley and Bromley as part of an investigation into violent disorder which occurred on August 25 in the Hounslow area.

Most read news

Digital Edition

Read the Bexley Times e-edition today

Newsletter Sign Up

Bexley Times twice-weekly newsletter
Sign up to receive our regular email newsletter

Our Privacy Policy

Show Job Lists

Family Notices 24