Council Tax Reduction Scheme for North Yorkshire Council

Have your say on a proposed new Council Tax Reduction Scheme for North Yorkshire Council by taking part in a consultation by 18 September.

From next year there will be a new single council in North Yorkshire, providing all the services you are used to receiving. The new North Yorkshire Council will replace the seven district and borough councils as well as the county council. All eight councils are working together to make sure that the services you value continue as usual when North Yorkshire Council comes into being on 1 April 2023.

Having one council means services can be strengthened and joined up to improve the quality of life and opportunities for people across North Yorkshire. It will also save money by reducing duplication to put back into frontline services and support local priorities and decision-making.

Currently the seven borough and district councils all have slightly different Council Tax Reduction schemes, and by law North Yorkshire Council must introduce a single scheme covering the whole of the North Yorkshire area. The proposal is to introduce an income banded scheme that is more supportive, with the maximum level of reduction for the people most in need.

The aim is that the single scheme will:

  • make claiming easy;
  • provide up to 100% support for households on the lowest incomes;
  • work better with the Universal Credit system;
  • support families, carers and applicants who receive a disability benefit; 
  • take away the need for constant changes in awards; and
  • be easier to manage.

Most applicants will get the same support as they do now and many will be better off. Although some households will have a little more to pay the proposals set out plans for a hardship fund, so that anyone affected who needs additional help will be supported.

We want to know what people think about the new Council Tax Reduction Scheme for North Yorkshire Council as part of a consultation.

The consultation includes more detailed information, with a table that sets out the proposed levels of discount that will be available through the simplified, income banded scheme.

We’ll ask you what you think about:

  • the proposed income banded scheme;
  • protecting people who get certain benefits; and
  • a hardship fund for anyone who needs extra help.

There are also some questions at the end that will ask you about your own circumstances, but nothing that can identify you and all of the information gathered is confidential and anonymous.

Have your say here

Frequently asked questions

Council Tax Reduction is a discount that helps people on low incomes pay their Council Tax bill. The level of discount is based on the income of the household. Each of the seven district and borough councils within North Yorkshire currently have a different scheme.

From 1 April 2023 the new North Yorkshire Council will replace the seven district and borough councils as well as the county council. By law we have to introduce a single Council Tax Reduction Scheme covering the whole of the North Yorkshire area by 31 March 2023.

The proposals set out an income banded scheme that is more supportive, with the maximum level of reduction for the people most in need.

The changes to the Council Tax Reduction Scheme will affect working age households in the North Yorkshire area who will get Council Tax Reduction from 1 April 2023. Pension age households will not see any change as the scheme to support this group is set out by Central Government.

You can have your say by taking part in the consultation up to midnight on 18 September 2022, so please let us know your views before then.

The new North Yorkshire Council executive will consider all comments and feedback in October, before making a final decision in November.

If you’re on a low income or claim benefits you can apply for a reduction in the council tax you pay. Find information about the council tax reduction/support scheme and a postcode checker that will take you to your local borough or district council.

If you need any of this information in another language or format, or you would like a paper copy of the consultation, please use the contact details below depending on where you live.

Borough or district council

Telephone number and customer service centre opening hours

Email address

Craven District Council

01756 700600

Monday to Thursday: 9am to 5pm

Friday: 9am to 4:30pm

benefits@cravendc.gov.uk

 

Hambleton District Council

01609 779977

Monday to Thursday 8:45am to 5:15pm

Friday: 8:45am to 4:45pm

benefits@hambleton.gov.uk

Harrogate Borough Council

01423 500600

Monday to Thursday: 8:30am to 5pm

Friday: 8:30am to 4:30pm

customerservices@harrogate.gov.uk

Richmondshire District Council

01748 829100

Monday to Thursday: 8:45am to 5:515pm

Friday: 8:45am to 4:45pm

benefits@richmondshire.gov.uk

Ryedale District Council

01653 600666

Monday to Thursday: 9am to 5pm

Friday: 9am to 4:30pm

benefits@ryedale.gov.uk

 

Scarborough Borough Council

01723 232372

Monday, Tuesday, Thursday and Friday: 9am to 5pm

Wednesday: 9:30am to 5pm

benefits.office@scarborough.gov.uk

Selby District Council

01757 705101

Monday, Tuesday and Thursday: 8.30am to 5.00pm

Wednesday: 10am to 5pm

Friday: 8:30am to 4:30pm

benefits@selby.gov.uk