Consultation on proposed changes to Council Tax Discount Scheme from 1 April 2022

What is a Council Tax Discount?

Council Tax discounts are a range of local and national schemes that are designed to help residents reduce or remove their liability to pay Council Tax. The discounts cover a range of circumstances and vary in length and amount. Council Tax discounts are administered and controlled by Warrington Borough Council.

Each year the Council has to consider whether its local Council Tax discount scheme requires updating.

If any changes are being suggested we have a responsibility to consult with residents and stakeholders on the proposed Council Tax discount scheme.

The Council is looking to make two changes to the discount scheme from April 2022 and would like your views to help us make an informed decision.

The proposed changes are as follows:
  • To remove the 100 % discount (for up to 1 month) that is currently in place for a property which becomes empty and unfurnished.
  • To remove the discount (of up to 12 months) when a property is empty and requires or is currently having major repairs to make it habitable to live in.
You can read more about these options here. (opens in a new window).

We have looked at making changes to the discount scheme which will have little impact on the majority of our residents, reduce administration costs and generate additional revenue for the Council.

This consultation will enable anybody in Warrington, whether they are a recipient of a Council Tax discount or not, to help shape the future of the scheme by having their say.

The closing date for responses is Friday 24th December 2021. 

The information from this consultation will be used by the council to assist in making its decision on the changes to Council Tax discount scheme from 1st April 2022. The results from the consultation will be published early next year on our website and the council’s Cabinet will also receive a report of findings and recommendations. 

The final decision on the scheme will be made by the council no later than 7th January 2022.