Doubling council tax payments for young families and the disabled

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Dear North East Lincolnshire Council,

Grimsby Telegraph reports 7 December 2017 that by reducing Council Tax discount from 25% to 12.5% for the disabled and families with children under 5 would hopefully improve collection rates by 0.2% (a measure stated to offset the predicted drop in collection rates etc.)

1. How does increasing a customer's Council Tax liability have any direct bearing on the collection rate. If a debt is made more difficult to pay by increasing it the opposite is most likely, i.e the collection rates would deteriorate.

2. What percentage of the 'Council Tax Hardship Fund' has been spent in respect of customers seeking financial help (categorised for each year) since the Council Tax Reduction Scheme was introduced.

Yours faithfully,

Rosemary Tydfil

PPD - FOI, North East Lincolnshire Council

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