Issue details

Write-off of council tax debt relating to current Local Council Tax Support (LCTS) claimants

The council’s approved Local Taxation Debt Recovery Policy sets out the circumstances in which council tax debts can be written off by the council. This includes where:


           It is uneconomical to purse the debt.

           There is financial hardship.


Each financial year the council’s debt provision is reviewed, and 100% debt provision is allowed for all outstanding balances older than one financial year.


The council’s previous Local Council Tax Support (LCTS) Scheme was introduced in 2013 and required working-age claimants, regardless of their income, to contribute at least 20% towards their council tax liability. Many working-age claimants on lower incomes have struggled to pay their council tax bills as a result and have built up several years’ debt.


The council’s new income banded Local Council Tax Support (LCTS) Scheme, approved by Full Council on the 28 February 2023, is more generous and allows for up to 100% support for those residents in the lowest income band. As a result, the new scheme will prevent many residents from incurring council tax debt into the future.


Approval is sought to write-off debts owed by those in receipt of LCTS (across all bands) up to and including 31 March 2019 to the maximum value of £244,576.66 (of which £29,349.20 is LDC’s share) in accordance with the financial regulations and provisions included in the Local Taxation Debt Recovery Policy. If approved the council will aim to write off the debts by 31 March 2023.

Decision type: Key

Decision status: Recommendations Approved

Notice of proposed decision first published: 22/12/2022

Decision due: March 2023 by Cabinet Member for Finance and Commissioning

Lead member: Cabinet Member for Finance and Commissioning

Contact: Lizzie Barton, Director - Customer, Residents & Business Services Email: