A council tax reduction scheme aimed at helping low-income working age households in East Devon will come into effect from April.
District chiefs have signed-off a moved to increase the financial support available to struggling families, couples and individuals.
The maximum possible reduction off residents’ bills has been increased from 80 per cent to 85 per cent.
It means eligible people will only have to pay the authority a minimum of 15 per cent of their council tax bills.
Pensioners will not be affected by the proposals.
East Devon District Council (EDDC) says ‘the majority’ of its existing working-age customers ‘will be better off from April’.
Discounts will be awarded depending on a claimant and their partner’s weekly income and the number of individuals and dependants living in the household.
Councillor Ian Thomas, portfolio holder for economy, and Cllr Megan Armstrong, portfolio holder for sustainable homes and communities, said in a joint-statement: “This council recognises the impact national cuts in welfare spending have had with our residents.
“This is one of the positive measures we are taking which will provide additional financial support with the council tax for low-income working-age households.”
EDDC says the new scheme will:
- Simplify the existing council tax support scheme which involves a lengthy means test and complex legislation;
- Make it easier for customers to apply;
- Be ‘better aligned’ with customers on Universal Credit.