Mid Devon District Council - Draft Council Tax Reduction Scheme

1. Page 1

 

2. Page 2

 

1. Do you agree with the Proposal 1 to remove the Family Premium for all new working age applicants?

 

Response Percent

Response Total

1

Yes

 

38.89%

7

2

No

 

50.00%

9

3

Don't know

 

11.11%

2

Analysis

Mean:

1.72

Std. Deviation:

0.65

Satisfaction Rate:

36.11

Variance:

0.42

Std. Error:

0.15

 

answered

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1

 

3. Page 3

 

2. If you disagree, what alternative do you propose?

 

Response Percent

Response Total

1

Open-Ended Question

100.00%

7

1

04/07/16 3:15PM
ID: 41011253

Include Child Benefit as income

2

05/07/16 7:44PM
ID: 41082943

Why not increase Council Tax for people with a household income over £100k per annum. They will still be able to afford to feed their children. Others will struggle.

3

07/07/16 11:27AM
ID: 41151864

Keep things as they are.

4

04/08/16 10:31AM
ID: 42441985

A SCHEME BASED ON INDIVIDUAL CIRCUMSTANCES

5

17/08/16 2:10PM
ID: 42918728

Change the rules for pensioners -they get everything

6

26/08/16 10:22AM
ID: 43288116

People on low income with children need to be supported. This is not helping to reduce child poverty

7

30/08/16 11:47AM
ID: 43405739

county council should make savings

 

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12

 

4. Page 4

 

3. Do you agree with the Proposal 2 to reduce the backdating to 1 month?

 

Response Percent

Response Total

1

Yes

 

38.89%

7

2

No

 

55.56%

10

3

Don't know

 

5.56%

1

Analysis

Mean:

1.67

Std. Deviation:

0.58

Satisfaction Rate:

33.33

Variance:

0.33

Std. Error:

0.14

 

answered

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1

 

5. Page 5

 

4. If you disagree, what alternative do you propose?

 

Response Percent

Response Total

1

Open-Ended Question

100.00%

8

1

05/07/16 7:44PM
ID: 41082943

No change. It is unfair to penalise people who have been unable to claim for good reasons.

2

07/07/16 11:27AM
ID: 41151864

This is unfairly targeted at the most vulnerable in our society, that is those who rely on these benefits to live their lives in our deeply unfair society.

3

24/07/16 11:35AM
ID: 41940054

Discretionary back dating depending on individual circumstances

4

04/08/16 10:31AM
ID: 42441985

BASING IT ON CIRCUMSTANCES AND NOT AN OVERALL PUTTING EVERYONE IN SAME BOX SCHEME

5

07/08/16 4:37PM
ID: 42538430

There are often very valid reasons for delays in applying for benefits.
There should be a three month time allowance to allow these delays to be considered.

6

17/08/16 2:10PM
ID: 42918728

Change the rules for pensioners

7

26/08/16 10:22AM
ID: 43288116

Why are you following the Government schemes ? They have a poor record of helping people on low income understand a complicated scheme

8

30/08/16 11:47AM
ID: 43405739

County council should make savings

 

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11

 

6. Page 6

 

5. Do you agree with the Proposal 3 to use a set Minimum Income Floor for self-employed earners after 1 year’s self-employment?

 

Response Percent

Response Total

1

Yes

 

33.33%

6

2

No

 

55.56%

10

3

Don't know

 

11.11%

2

Analysis

Mean:

1.78

Std. Deviation:

0.63

Satisfaction Rate:

38.89

Variance:

0.4

Std. Error:

0.15

 

answered

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1

 

7. Page 7

 

6. If you disagree, what alternative do you propose?

 

Response Percent

Response Total

1

Open-Ended Question

100.00%

10

1

04/07/16 3:15PM
ID: 41011253

this will not match the way you calculate Housing Benefit and does not match the Universal Credit rules
If you are going to match Universal Credit there should be protection for some people who are unable to work full time . people who are disabled , who have children under 5 and who are carers.

2

24/07/16 11:35AM
ID: 41940054

I think this should take into account claimants other commitments ie carers and parents of children under 5. The dap have stated that universal claimants who have these additional roles will not be encouraged to increase their work hours to 35hours per week. This proposal needs to take into account the individuals' circumstances

3

04/08/16 10:31AM
ID: 42441985

A SCHEME BASED ON INDIVIDUAL CIRCUMSTANCES AS SOME OF US THAT CARE FOR A CHILD have no choice but to be self employed and those of us that are not earning much yet still putting in the hours in to try and grow a business because we cannot work for an employer will be stuck and it would send people like me on the dole . A lot of businesses don't make profit for sometimes three years because of outgoings so this would make some businesses fold which isn't fair.

4

07/08/16 12:02PM
ID: 42535722

It should be three years, not one year

5

07/08/16 3:46PM
ID: 42537944

It is difficult to see why this change is said to be 'in line with Universal Credit', since the latter is not likely to be implemented until 2022. It seems to mean that a great many people will be disadvantaged. I find this very troubling as my circumstances are such that I only earn between £1200 and £1400 per annum, even though what I do is my main and only job.

I have some chronic health problems leading to a level of disability that makes it impossible to work full-time, and I also have a visual impairment. Furthermore my health problems
sometimes mean having to cancel work for weeks at a time, and I generally have more time off sick than most people. I claim Tax Credits on the basis of working 16 hours a week, and also have DLA including the higher rate of mobility allowance. I am 62 but since the retirement age was shifted I cannot expect my state pension for another five years, even though I have friends who retired at 60 and this was always the expectation for my age cohort.

I struggled back to work after three years of illness with only benefits to live on, but it seems that 'making work pay' is an empty promise by the government, and it's possible I would be better off on ESA.

My suggestion is that the present system be continued until such time as Universal Credit is in fact in place, and then reviewed to make it fairer on those who are older, differently abled or otherwise disadvantaged.

I would add that I have emailed to find out how this change would affect me, but as yet have had no reply.

6

07/08/16 4:37PM
ID: 42538430

This is a blanket statement that assumes the government’s universal credit scheme is on track but actually it will now not be completed until 2022, five years behind its original projected finish date. So MDCC will NOT be inline with Universal Credits.
This also assumes the person is able to and works full time.
There needs to be a clause that takes into account if the person has different working abilities. Often working as a self employed person is the ONLY way that some people are able to manage their work and disabilities.

7

17/08/16 2:10PM
ID: 42918728

Find savings from other areas within the councils . Make pensioners pay a bit more
I am a carer and not able to work full time . There should be more support for carers who are already saving the councils thousands

8

18/08/16 3:17PM
ID: 42962141

I am 62 and receive DLA mobility at the higher rate so it is not possible to work full time. sometimes when I am ill I have to take more time off than most . when I am ill because I am self employed I do not get Sick pay
I claim tax credits on the basis of working 16 hours per week

9

26/08/16 10:22AM
ID: 43288116

If people are trying to support themselves through self employment you should leave the scheme as it is. Your Corporate plan says you will be Working with local communities to encourage them to support themselves This is not helping me one bit

10

30/08/16 11:47AM
ID: 43405739

County council should make savings and support small businesses

 

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8. Page 8

 

7. Do you agree with the Proposal 4 to reduce the period a person can be absent from Great Britain, and still receive Council Tax Reduction to 4 weeks?

 

Response Percent

Response Total

1

Yes

 

77.78%

14

2

No

 

11.11%

2

3

Don't know

 

11.11%

2

Analysis

Mean:

1.33

Std. Deviation:

0.67

Satisfaction Rate:

16.67

Variance:

0.44

Std. Error:

0.16

 

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1

 

9. Page 9

 

8. If you disagree, what alternative do you propose?

 

Response Percent

Response Total

1

Open-Ended Question

100.00%

2

1

04/08/16 10:31AM
ID: 42441985

what if someone is abroad and is hospitalised for over a month?. Again it needs to be based on individual circumstances

2

07/08/16 4:37PM
ID: 42538430

What if the person is delayed abroad through no fault of their own i.e. accident needing hospitalization?
There must be a clause to take that scenario into account.

 

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10. Page 10

 

9. Do you agree with the Proposal 5 – To remove the element of Work Related Activity Component for the calculation of the current Scheme for the new Employment and Support Allowance applicants?

 

Response Percent

Response Total

1

Yes

 

50.00%

9

2

No

 

16.67%

3

3

Don't know

 

33.33%

6

Analysis

Mean:

1.83

Std. Deviation:

0.9

Satisfaction Rate:

41.67

Variance:

0.81

Std. Error:

0.21

 

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1

 

11. Page 11

 

10. If you disagree, what alternative do you propose?

 

Response Percent

Response Total

1

Open-Ended Question

100.00%

3

1

05/07/16 7:44PM
ID: 41082943

Increase Council Tax to people with a household income of £100k or more p.a.

2

26/08/16 10:22AM
ID: 43288116

Look elsewhere for the changes , make some saving in Devon County as they waste too much of my Council Tax

3

30/08/16 11:47AM
ID: 43405739

If they are ill they should be supported. find savings elsewhere

 

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16

 

12. Page 12

 

11. Do you agree with the Proposal 6 – To limit the number of dependant children within the calculation for Council Tax Reduction to a maximum of 2?

 

Response Percent

Response Total

1

Yes

 

50.00%

9

2

No

 

44.44%

8

3

Don't know

 

5.56%

1

Analysis

Mean:

1.56

Std. Deviation:

0.6

Satisfaction Rate:

27.78

Variance:

0.36

Std. Error:

0.14

 

answered

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1

 

13. Page 13

 

12. If you disagree, what alternative do you propose?

 

Response Percent

Response Total

1

Open-Ended Question

100.00%

8

1

04/07/16 3:15PM
ID: 41011253

Removing the allowance for children is disproportionate The amount of Council Tax you have to pay is lower when compared to the amount of rent used to calculate Housing Benefit.

2

05/07/16 7:44PM
ID: 41082943

Children will suffer increased poverty if this change is implemented. Tax people who can afford it.

3

04/08/16 10:31AM
ID: 42441985

At present we recycle items and use water to clean these items either in the dishwasher or by hand so with more children in a house you have to use more water to recycle tins and plastic so costing more in water charges . That needs to be taken into consideration.

4

07/08/16 3:46PM
ID: 42537944

People can hardly be expected to give back unwanted children when they are penalised under these changes!

5

07/08/16 4:37PM
ID: 42538430

This does not seem fair to penalise and attempt to control peoples families.

6

18/08/16 3:17PM
ID: 42962141

I do not fully understand the CTR scheme but families on low income need all the help they can get
perhaps you could find savings in other areas
As a council you have a duty to prevent child poverty

7

26/08/16 10:22AM
ID: 43288116

Leave the scheme as it is

8

30/08/16 11:47AM
ID: 43405739

Find savings elsewhere all councils should do more to help avoid child poverty

 

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11

 

14. Page 14

 

13. Do you agree with the Proposal 7 – Where someone is already paid Universal Credit (Carers Element) to look after someone with a disability, to remove entitlement to the Severe Disability Premium?

 

Response Percent

Response Total

1

Yes

 

55.56%

10

2

No

 

33.33%

6

3

Don't know

 

11.11%

2

Analysis

Mean:

1.56

Std. Deviation:

0.68

Satisfaction Rate:

27.78

Variance:

0.47

Std. Error:

0.16

 

answered

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1

 

15. Page 15

 

14. If you disagree, what alternative do you propose?

 

Response Percent

Response Total

1

Open-Ended Question

100.00%

5

1

07/07/16 11:27AM
ID: 41151864

Carers are already at a financial disadvantage thanks to their work NOT being appreciated by the state. Removing ANYTHING from carers is therefore not only unfair but immoral. Carers should be getting MORE, not less, of anything and everything.

2

17/08/16 2:10PM
ID: 42918728

Make pensioners pay a bit more Carers are already doing a lot for very little and savings councils thousands of pounds

3

18/08/16 3:17PM
ID: 42962141

Find savings somewhere else
People who care for the disabled or disabled people need all the help they can get

4

26/08/16 10:22AM
ID: 43288116

Leave the scheme as it is. Carers or those cared for need all the help they can get

5

30/08/16 11:47AM
ID: 43405739

Find savings elsewhere. Disabled people need all the help they can get

 

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16. Page 16

 

15. Do you agree with the Proposal 8 – To remove the additional earnings disregard and apply the standard disregards irrespective of hours worked to those applicants also claiming Universal Credit?

 

Response Percent

Response Total

1

Yes

 

41.18%

7

2

No

 

47.06%

8

3

Don't know

 

11.76%

2

Analysis

Mean:

1.71

Std. Deviation:

0.67

Satisfaction Rate:

35.29

Variance:

0.44

Std. Error:

0.16

 

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2

 

17. Page 17

 

16. If you disagree, what alternative do you propose?

 

Response Percent

Response Total

1

Open-Ended Question

100.00%

6

1

04/07/16 3:15PM
ID: 41011253

When I am on Universal Credit you can match it . Why are you doing this to people who are working

2

07/08/16 3:46PM
ID: 42537944

It is difficult to know how to answer this, and I would point out again that the Universal Credit system is not yet implemented in this area.

3

17/08/16 2:10PM
ID: 42918728

You should be helping people into work not punishing them for making the effort. Make savings elsewhere make pensioners pay a bit more

4

18/08/16 3:17PM
ID: 42962141

Find savings somewhere else. why are you picking on these people .
People who are trying to work should be encouraged to continue . This is a rural area with poor transport links so travel is normally by car

5

26/08/16 10:22AM
ID: 43288116

Leave the scheme as it is. People working should be encouraged and supported to say in work

6

31/08/16 5:08PM
ID: 43469932

This additional disregard should remain to encourage people to work more hours.

 

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18. Page 18

 

17. Our preferred option is to adopt the changes proposed above, which options do you think we should consider?

 

Yes

No

Don’t know

Response Total

Introduce the 8 changes proposed

35.3%
(6)

58.8%
(10)

5.9%
(1)

17

Keep the Scheme as it is now

50.0%
(9)

44.4%
(8)

5.6%
(1)

18

Increase the level of Council Tax

18.8%
(3)

81.3%
(13)

0.0%
(0)

16

Find savings from cutting other Council Services

43.8%
(7)

43.8%
(7)

12.5%
(2)

16

Use Council savings

26.7%
(4)

66.7%
(10)

6.7%
(1)

15

Other

18.2%
(2)

36.4%
(4)

45.5%
(5)

11

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18

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1

If other, please use the space below to tell us what other options you would like us to consider: (3)

1

05/07/16 7:44PM
ID: 41082943

I think it would be fairer to ask more of a contribution from people earning in excess of £100k p.a., and I strongly oppose decreasing the financial support currently available to the poorest and most vulnerable members of our society - children, the low paid, and those struggling to keep themselves fed and housed.

2

04/08/16 10:31AM
ID: 42441985

Fine people who live in council properties that cause problems within the community ie antisocial behaviour and domestic abusers where police are called

3

07/08/16 12:02PM
ID: 42535722

Make drastic cuts to any welfare-related or social services related spending. I want to see a reduction to MY council tax, because you can't even empty my damned bins every week, which begs the question, why am I paying you GBP1135 a bloody year?

 

Matrix Charts

 

17.1. Introduce the 8 changes proposed

Response Percent

Response Total

1

Yes

 

35.3%

6

2

No

 

58.8%

10

3

Don’t know

 

5.9%

1

Analysis

Mean:

1.71

Std. Deviation:

0.57

Satisfaction Rate:

35.29

Variance:

0.33

Std. Error:

0.14

 

answered

17

 

17.2. Keep the Scheme as it is now

Response Percent

Response Total

1

Yes

 

50.0%

9

2

No

 

44.4%

8

3

Don’t know

 

5.6%

1

Analysis

Mean:

1.56

Std. Deviation:

0.6

Satisfaction Rate:

27.78

Variance:

0.36

Std. Error:

0.14

 

answered

18

 

17.3. Increase the level of Council Tax

Response Percent

Response Total

1

Yes

 

18.8%

3

2

No

 

81.3%

13

3

Don’t know

 

0.0%

0

Analysis

Mean:

1.81

Std. Deviation:

0.39

Satisfaction Rate:

40.62

Variance:

0.15

Std. Error:

0.1

 

answered

16

 

17.4. Find savings from cutting other Council Services

Response Percent

Response Total

1

Yes

 

43.8%

7

2

No