The Council Tax Reduction Schemes (Prescribed Requirements and Default Scheme) (Wales) (Amendment) Regulations 2019

Document Number:2019 No. 11 (W. 5)
 
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Welsh Statutory Instruments

Council Tax, Wales

Made

8 January 2019

Coming into force in accordance with regulation 1(2)

The Welsh Ministers make the following Regulations in exercise of the powers conferred upon them by section 13 A(4) and (5) of, and paragraphs 2 to 7 of Schedule 1 B to, the Local Government Finance Act 1992(1).

In accordance with section 13 A(8) of that Act, a draft of this instrument has been laid before and approved by resolution of the National Assembly for Wales.

Title, commencement and interpretation

  1. —(1) The title of these Regulations is the Council Tax Reduction Schemes (Prescribed Requirements and Default Scheme) (Wales) (Amendment) Regulations 2019.

    (2) These Regulations come into force the day after the day on which they are made.

    (3) These Regulations apply in relation to a council tax reduction scheme made for a financial year beginning on or after 1 April 2019.

    (4) In these Regulations “council tax reduction scheme” means a scheme made by a billing authority in accordance with the Council Tax Reduction Schemes and Prescribed Requirements (Wales) Regulations 2013(2) , or the scheme that applies in default by virtue of paragraph 6(1)(e) of Schedule 1 B to the Local Government Finance Act 1992.

    Amendments to the Council Tax Reduction Schemes and Prescribed Requirements (Wales) Regulations 2013

  2. The Council Tax Reduction Schemes and Prescribed Requirements (Wales) Regulations 2013 are amended in accordance with regulations 3 to 10.

  3. In Schedule 1 (determining eligibility for a reduction: pensioners)—

    (a) in paragraph 3 (non-dependant deductions: pensioners)—

    (i) in sub-paragraph (1)(a) for “£13.10” substitute “£13.75”;

    (ii) in sub-paragraph (1)(b) for “£4.35” substitute “£4.55”;

    (iii) in sub-paragraph (2)(a) for “£205.00” substitute “£210.00”;

    (iv) in sub-paragraph (2)(b) for “£205.00”, “£355.00” and “£8.70” substitute “£210.00”, “£365.00” and “£9.15” respectively;

    (v) in sub-paragraph (2)(c) for “£355.00”, “£440.00” and “£10.95” substitute “£365.00”, “£450.00” and “£11.50” respectively;

    (b) in paragraph 19(8)(k) (treatment of child care charges: pensioners) , for “Fostering Services (Wales) Regulations 2003” substitute “Fostering Services (Wales) Regulations 2003(3) or any regulations made under sections 87 and 93 of the Social Services and Well-being (Wales) Act 2014(4) which make provision for the approval of local authority foster parents”.

  4. In Schedule 2 (applicable amounts: pensioners)—

    (a) in column (2) of the Table in paragraph 1 (personal allowances)—

    (i) in sub-paragraph (1) for “£163.00” and “£176.40” substitute “£167.25” and “£181.00” respectively;

    (ii) in sub-paragraph (2) for “£248.80” and “£263.80” substitute “£255.25” and “£270.60” respectively;

    (iii) in sub-paragraph (3) for “£248.80” and “£85.80” substitute “£255.25” and “£88.00” respectively;

    (iv) in sub-paragraph (4) for “£263.80” and “£87.40” substitute “£270.60” and “£89.60” respectively;

    (b) in the Table in Part 4 (amounts of premium specified in Part 3) , in the second column—

    (i) in sub-paragraph (1) for “£64.30” in each place where it occurs substitute “£65.85” and for “£128.60” substitute “£131.70”;

    (ii) in sub-paragraph (2) for “£25.48” substitute “£26.04”;

    (iii) in sub-paragraph (3) for “£62.86” substitute “£64.19”;

    (iv) in sub-paragraph (4) for “£36.00” substitute “£36.85”.

  5. In Schedule 5 (capital disregards: pensioners)—

    (a) in paragraph 21(2)—

    (i) in paragraph (p) omit “or”;

    (ii) in paragraph (q) for “.” substitute “; or”;

    (iii) after paragraph (q) insert—

    “(r) bereavement support payment under section 30 of the Pensions Act 2014(5) ,”; and

    (b) after paragraph 28 B insert—

    “28 C. Any bereavement support payment in respect of the rate set out in regulation 3(2) or (5) of the Bereavement Support Payment Regulations 2017(6) (rate of bereavement support payment) , but only for a period of 52 weeks from the date of receipt of the payment.”

  6. In Schedule 6 (determining eligibility for a reduction under an authority’s scheme, amount of reduction and calculation of income and capital: persons who are not pensioners)—

    (a) in paragraph 5 (non-dependent deductions: persons who are not pensioners)—

    (i) in sub-paragraph (1)(a) for “£13.10” substitute “£13.75”;

    (ii) in sub-paragraph (1)(b) for “£4.35” substitute “£4.55”;

    (iii) in sub-paragraph (2)(a) for “£205.00” substitute “£210.00”;

    (iv) in sub-paragraph (2)(b) for “£205.00”, “£355.00” and “£8.70” substitute “£210.00”, “£365.00” and “£9.15” respectively;

    (v) in sub-paragraph (2)(c) for “£355.00”, “£440.00” and “£10.95” substitute “£365.00”, “£450.00” and “£11.50” respectively;

    (vi) in sub-paragraph (8) for paragraph (a) substitute—

    “(a) who is not a member of the work-related activity group, and is on income support, state pension credit, an income-based jobseeker’s allowance or income related employment and support allowance;”;

    (b) in paragraph 21(8)(k) (treatment of child care charges) for “Fostering Services (Wales) Regulations 2003” substitute “Fostering Service (Wales) Regulations 2003 or any regulations made under sections 87 and 93...

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