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CHRISTCHURCH BOROUGH COUNCIL NOTICE OF COUNCIL TAX AMOUNTS

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Notice effective from
7th March 2013, 09:51 to 6th April 2013, 09:51

CHRISTCHURCH BOROUGH COUNCIL NOTICE OF COUNCIL TAX AMOUNTS
Notice is hereby given in accordance with Section 38 of the Local Government Finance Act 1992, that the Christchurch Borough Council at its meeting on Tuesday 26 February 2013 in accordance with Section 30 of the said Act, set the following amounts of Council Tax for the year commencing 1 April 2013 for each Parish and Town and for each category of dwellings shown below:-
VALUATION BANDS A B C D E
TOWN/PARISH £ £ £ £ £
BURTON 1,071.12 1,249.64 1,428.16 1,606.68 1,963.72
HURN 1,081.32 1,261.55 1,441.76 1,621.99 1,982.43
CHRISTCHURCH 1,063.41 1,240.65 1,417.88 1,595.12 1,949.59

D. McIntosh
CHIEF EXECUTIVE, COUNCIL OFFICES, FURZEHILL, WIMBORNE, BH21 4HN
DATED 26 FEBRUARY 2013

Christchurch Borough Council's Local Discount Changes Coming Into Effect from 01 April 2013
The Local Government Finance Act 2012 introduced a change in legislation which gave Councils the power to vary the level of discount on second homes and empty properties. This also enabled Council's to charge an additional 'premium' of up to 50% for properties that have remained empty for 2 years or more.
The Council has decided that from 01 April 2013 the following changes to the level of Council Tax discount will come into force. Please
note that in calculating the period of discount, any period already elapsed prior to 1 April 2013 will be taken into account;
Furnished Property - not a sole/main residence (second homes) - Class B
Discount will no longer be given. A 100% full Council Tax bill is payable from 01 April 2013.
Unoccupied & Unfurnished Property - Class C
If the property remains empty and unoccupied a 'stepped' discount will apply:
For up to 1 month from the date the property became unfurnished and unoccupied there is no charge.
After 1 month and up to 24 months from the date the property became unfurnished & unoccupied a 100% full Council Tax bill will become payable.
After 24 months from the date the property became unfurnished & unoccupied a 50% premium will be charged, therefore a 150% Council Tax bill will become payable. Annexes forming part of a main property will not be charged the premium. Property that would otherwise be the main residence of a person residing in MOD accommodation will not be charged a premium. Unoccupied & Unfurnished property requiring structural / major works to render it habitable - Class D
Unoccupied & Unfurnished property requiring structural / major works to render it habitable - Class D
A 50% discount will apply for up to 12 months from the date the property became unfurnished and unoccupied and deemed uninhabitable.
After 12 months and up to 24 months from the date the property became unfurnished and unoccupied and deemed uninhabitable a 100% full Council Tax bill will be become payable.
After 24 months from the date the property became unfurnished and unoccupied and deemed uninhabitable a 50% premium will be charged, therefore a 150% Council Tax bill will become payable. Annexes forming part of a main property will not be charged the premium. Property that would otherwise be the main residence of a person residing in MOD accommodation will not be charged a premium.
Christchurch Borough Council's Council Tax Support Scheme (replacing Council Tax Benefit from 01 April 2013)
As part of the Welfare reforms, from 1 April 2013, the government is abolishing the current national Council Tax Benefit scheme and Councils have been asked to develop their own scheme called Council Tax Support. Council Tax Support could reduce your Council Tax bill, if you are on a low income, even if you own your home.
If you are already receiving Council Tax Benefit, there is no need for you to take any further action; the Council will work out if you qualify for help through Council Tax support.
Low income pensioners who are currently eligible for Council Tax Benefit are protected from the reform.
Everyone of working age will have an amount to pay towards their Council Tax except the most vulnerable in the community, who should have some protection, see Protected Groups below. For working age claimants the maximum eligible Council Tax will be restricted to 91.5% of liability. Therefore working age claimants, not including the protected groups (see below) will have to pay at least 8.5% of their Council Tax bill. Protected Groups
Protected Groups
Up to 100% Council Tax Support may be given where a claimant or partner is in receipt of:
? War Disablement Pension, War Widows Pension or War Widows Disablement Pension; or

? receipt of a Disability Premium, Enhanced Disability Premium, Severe Disability Premium, Disabled Child Premium, Carer Premium, or Support Component within either their Council Tax Support, Housing Benefit, Income Support, income based Jobseekers Allowance or income-related Employment and Support Allowance;

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