Council Tax 2018/19 - Wigan Council

Council Tax 2018/19 - Wigan Council
Council Tax

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    Foreword by the Leader of the Council,                                           About Council Tax
    Lord Peter Smith
    Welcome to this year’s Council Tax booklet.                                      Council Tax is a tax on residential      The Valuation Office Agency decides
                                                                                     dwellings, not people.                   the band not us. You can appeal
    I’m delighted to be able to tell you                                                                                      against your property’s band if you
    that thanks to The Deal we’ve been                                               Each year we send a Council Tax
                                                                                                                              have moved into the property in the
    able to freeze Wigan’s element of                                                bill to every domestic property in
                                                                                                                              last six months or there has been a
    Council Tax for the fifth year running.                                          the borough, whether it’s a house,
                                                                                                                              change in the building or physical
                                                                                     bungalow, flat, maisonette, mobile
    When we created The Deal five years       However unlike most neighbouring                                                state of the local area.
                                                                                     home or houseboat. Each dwelling
    ago our intention was to transform        authorities, we have not increased     is put into one of the eight bands       You can contact them at Valuation
    council services and our relationship     the charges for any other Wigan        below, based on what it would have       Office Agency, Manchester Valuation
    with you to make sure our borough         service so we have again achieved      cost to buy on the open market on 1      Office, Portland Tower, Portland
    was able to thrive in what was and        the lowest Council Tax increase in     April 1991.                              Street, Manchester, M1 3LD.
    continues to be a very difficult          the whole of Greater Manchester.                                                Phone 03000 501 501
    economic climate.                                                                Every year we set the Council Tax
                                              We will have to continue to make                                      
                                                                                     for each band. The amounts for
    It’s been brilliant to see the amount     some tough decisions but not           2018/2019 are below. The band            For information about the council’s
    of support we’ve had from residents,      everyone will agree. I can assure      given to your property is on the front   income and spending visit www.
    with lots of you saying you agree         you that they are in the long term     of your bill.                  
    with the principles of The Deal.          interests of the borough. One of
    Because of your support not only          those decisions was to move to
    have we been able to save money           three weekly bin collections. I know
    but we’ve also been able to reduce        at the beginning there were some
    the amount of waste sent to landfill      concerns but we’re getting some
    through the new bin collection            great feedback from people. As
    arrangements. To thank you we’ve          well as helping to keep Council
    frozen Council Tax.                       Tax down, it is improving recycling
                                              rates which is good news for           Band         Band Value                       Council Tax for 2018/19
    Unfortunately the problems with the
                                              the environment and our future
    NHS and Adult Social Care continue                                               A            Up to £40,000                              £1021.51
    to spiral out of control as they face                                            B            £40,001 - £52,000                          £1191.76
    crisis point. The government has not
    provided more money to deal with                                                 C            £52,001 - £68,000                          £1362.01
    these issues and has instead told                                                D            £68,001 - £88,000                           £1532.28
    councils to impose a three per cent                                              E            £88,001 - £120,000                          £1872.78
    Council Tax rise. This is unfair on
    areas like Wigan where Council Tax                                               F            £120,001 - £160,000                         £2213.29
    doesn’t raise as much as in the leafy                                            G            £160,001 - £320,000                         £2553.79
    suburbs but also unfair on many           Lord Peter Smith of Leigh
                                                                                     H            £320,001 and above                          £3064.56
    struggling local people.                  Leader of Wigan Council
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    Thank you for doing your part of The Deal
    Through your support of The Deal, we’ve been able to freeze our service
    element of Council Tax for the fifth year running.                                                  Recycle more, recycle right          Be healthy and be active
                                                                                                        Thank you for embracing the          We want all our residents to
    Based on   Council GM Police GM Fire Adult Social                              Mayoral              new bin collections. We have         have the best possible start in
    Band A
               Services precept precept     Care                                   precept     Total    seen our recycling rate go           life and live long and healthy
                                                                                                        up by approximately 5% with          lives. Working closely with our
     2013 £796.74              £99.55          £38.42                                        £934.71                                         partners we launched a festival
                                                                                                        an additional 1000 tonnes
                                                                                                        of recycling collected since         dedicated to improving residents’
     2014 £794.76              £101.53         £38.42                                        £934.71    September 2017. That’s great         health and wellbeing. We call
                                                                                                        news and puts us on track to         this Wellfest. As part of this, over
     2015 £794.76              £101.53         £38.42                                        £934.71    meet the government’s 50%            9,000 pupils have taken part in
                                                                                                        recycling target.                    the national Daily Mile initiative.
     2016 £794.76              £104.87         £39.18           £15.89                       £954.70
                                                                                                        Help protect children and            Support your local business
     2017 £794.76              £108.20         £39.96           £40.21                       £983.13    the vulnerable                       A big focus for us is to improve
                                                                                                        Protecting children and              the local economy and bring
     2018 £794.76              £116.20         £39.96           £65.26              £5.33    £1021.51   vulnerable residents is everyone’s   investment and jobs to the
                                                                                                        business. We are grateful to all     borough. We’d like to thank
    Additional parish precepts will apply for properties in Haigh and Shevington
                                                                                                        our residents who have helped        all our residents for engaging
    Adult Social Care precept                             GM Police                                     us to make our borough a safer       with our campaigns to support
    This is a charge to cover the cost                    This is a charge levied on behalf of the      place. Thanks to our adopters        local businesses such as Super
    of Adult Social Care services                         Greater Manchester Police Service.            and foster carers, we were rated     Saturday, which offers free
    within councils due to the budget                                                                   Outstanding by Ofsted in 2017        parking to support town centre
                                                          Mayoral precept
    cuts being imposed by central                                                                       and have taken the lead on a         business and Love Your Local
                                                          This is a charge levied on behalf
    government.                                                                                         regional adoption agency.            Market fortnight.
                                                          of the Mayor to pay for the running
    Council Services                                      of the Mayor’s office and to meet
    This covers council services such as                  the Mayor’s priorities in Greater
    bins and recycling centres, schools                   Manchester which are to:                      Get online                           Get involved in your
    and Start Well centres, street lights                 • Improve our public transport and            Over 100,000 residents have          community
    and road repairs.                                       ease congestion;                            signed up to MyAccount helping       Over 1,900 volunteer hours have
                                                          • Protect our green spaces and                us achieve our savings. Face         been contributed to making
    GM Fire Service                                         develop affordable housing;                 to face contact and telephone        our borough a better place
    This is a charge levied on behalf of                                                                calls are more expensive than        and we have supported 190
    the Greater Manchester Fire Service.                  • Make Greater Manchester the UK’s
                                                            leading digital and green city;             our digital channels. With our       groups through The Deal for
                                                          • Eradicate homelessness.                     ReportIT app for mobile devices,     Communities Investment Fund.
                                                                                                        you can report a range of issues
                                                                                                        on the go.
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    Thank you for doing your part of The Deal
    Deep funding reductions coupled          This new way of working, which we         Through The Deal...
    with rising demand in children’s         call The Deal, focused on driving
    social services and adult social         out demand through working with             £125 million council savings      LGC Digital Council of the year
    care has created a perfect storm for     residents.                                  so far
    councils across the country.
                                             Through The Deal we stopped doing                                             Improved healthy life
    In 2012, your council faced the          things to people, we started doing                                            expectancy
    3rd worst budget cuts nationally         things with people.                         50% increase in resident
    with a reduction of £160m by 2020                                                    satisfaction with the council
                                             Rather than cutting budgets to the
    according to the Institute for
                                             third sector we instead invested in                                           Improved school readiness
    Fiscal Studies.
                                             them to the tune of £9m.                    Lowest council tax increase in    to 70%
    It is only through The Deal, the
                                             We realised our best community              GM over 5 years
    informal agreement between the
                                             groups could deliver the traditional
    council and residents, that we have                                                                                    Improved educational
                                             council services we once did but in a
    been able to achieve our savings                                                                                       attainment
                                             much better way because they knew           82% of our residents agree with
    targets year on year whilst protecting
                                             their communities.                          and support the principles of
    frontline services and increasing
    resident satisfaction.                   Local swimming pools, libraries             The Deal
                                                                                                                           The only Care Quality
                                             and community centres are now                                                 Commission “OUTSTANDING”
    We realised that closing a few
                                             being run by the community for the          Rated “GOOD” with areas of        rated reablement service in the
    libraries, changing bin collections
                                             community.                                  “OUTSTANDING” by Ofsted for
    and reducing school crossing                                                                                           UK, supporting our residents’
    patrols was merely surface dressing      That’s why it’s a deal – it’s both          safeguarding our children         independence
    and would not have closed a £160m        sides working together to achieve
    budget gap.                              our vision. We’ve transformed and
                                             redesigned services around our                                                One of lowest delayed transfers
                                                                                         Times Best Companies best         of care and hospital admissions
                                             residents with our residents - not just
                                                                                         large council to work for         in the UK
                                             cut them.
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    When you may not have to pay Council Tax                                          Ways to pay less Council Tax
    You won’t have to pay if only the       Use your MyAccount at                     The full Council Tax bill assumes that     • Prisoners in detention (unless
    following people occupy your                  there are 2 or more adults living in a       for non payment of fines or
    property:                               to tell us if you think you qualify for   property.                                    Council Tax).
                                            an exemption. Certain conditions
    • Students,                                                                       If you are the only adult living in your   • Students in full time education.
                                            may apply.
                                                                                      property your bill can be reduced
    • Care Leaver up to the age of 21,                                                                                           • Diplomats and members of
                                            You may not have to pay for your          by 25%. We can also consider local
                                                                                                                                   international organisations with
    • People under the age of 18, or        property whilst it is:                    discounts for other reasons as well.
                                                                                                                                   headquarters in the UK (and their
    • People who have a severe mental       • Left empty by the owner or              When we work out if you are entitled         non British spouses).
      impairment and would otherwise          tenant, who was the last occupier,      to a discount we don’t count these
                                                                                                                                 • Members of religious
      be liable to pay Council Tax.           and who has moved to receive or         people:
                                                                                                                                   communities such as monks
                                              provide personal care in either a
    You may not have to pay for a limited                                             • Children under 18.                         or nuns.
                                              hospital or home elsewhere.
    time if your property is not occupied
                                                                                      • People over 18 that still qualify for    Certain qualifying conditions apply.
    because it is:                          • Repossessed by a mortgage
                                                                                        Child Benefit.
                                              company.                                                                           People with disabilities
    • Newly built and not yet occupied
                                                                                      • 18 or 19 year olds who leave
      (no charge for 1 month); or           • Empty because occupation is                                                        If you, or a person that lives with you,
                                                                                        school after 30 April are not
                                              forbidden by law.                                                                  has a disability you may qualify
    • Substantially unfurnished (no                                                     counted until 1 November of the
                                                                                                                                 for a reduction.
      charge for 1 month); or               • Waiting to be occupied by a               same year.
                                              minister of religion.                                                              Your home will need to have an extra
    • Owned by a charity (exempt for 6                                                • People with a severe mental
                                                                                                                                 bathroom, kitchen or other room
      months).                              • The responsibility of a                   impairment.
                                                                                                                                 that is used mainly to help with the
                                              bankrupt’s trustee.
    You may not have to pay for any                                                   • Apprentices.                             person’s disability. You can also
    of the following types of properties    • Left empty by a student owner                                                      qualify if the disabled person uses a
                                                                                      • Youth Training Trainees.
    even if they are occupied:                who lived in it immediately before                                                 wheelchair in the home.
                                              leaving to study elsewhere.             • Care Workers.
    • Armed Forces’ accommodation.                                                                                               If you qualify we will work out your
                                            • An empty caravan pitch or               • Carers.                                  Council Tax charge again using the
    • Visiting Forces’ accommodation.
                                              houseboat mooring.                                                                 valuation band below the one your
                                                                                      • People in residential care homes,
    • An annexe such as a ‘granny flat’.                                                                                         property is in.
                                            • Unoccupied because the last               nursing homes and hostels that
    • Occupied by someone who has             occupier, who was also the                provide a high level of care.            Use your MyAccount at
      diplomatic, commonwealth or             owner, had died and probate                                              
                                                                                      • Resident hospital patients.
      consular privilege or immunity.         or letters of administration have                                                  to tell us if you think you qualify for
                                              not yet been granted (and for 6         • Student nurses.                          a discount or reduction. Certain
                                              months after).                                                                     conditions apply.
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    Council Tax for empty dwellings and second homes                              Council Tax Reduction
    When a dwelling first                  A property in need of, or              Our Council Tax Reduction Scheme          Who can apply for Council Tax
    becomes empty                          undergoing, major repairs              helps households on low incomes           Reduction?
                                                                                  to pay their Council Tax bill. Wigan
    A dwelling that becomes newly          If you own a property that is either                                             To apply for Council Tax Reduction
                                                                                  Council has two schemes:
    empty will be given a maximum 1        in need of, or undergoing, major                                                 you must be the person whose
    month full exemption followed by a     repairs you may be entitled to a       1. The National Council Tax              name is on the Council Tax bill.
    25% discount for a maximum of 5        reduction of 75% from your bill           Reduction Scheme – pensioner
                                                                                     households and households              You may qualify if you are:
    months.                                for a maximum of 12 months, or
                                           until the work is completed if that       with children under 5                  • On Income Support, Jobseekers
    Long term empty dwellings                                                                                                 Allowance, Employment Support
                                           is sooner. You will be asked to        These households:
    Dwellings left empty and unfurnished   provide evidence of the extent of                                                  Allowance or Universal Credit;
                                                                                  • Can apply for support.
    for longer than 6 months, or have      the works required to render the                                                 • On Pension Credit, Guaranteed
    already been empty for between 6       property habitable. Only one major     • Can apply for Second Adult Rebate         Credit and in some cases
    months and 2 years, will be charged    repairs reduction can be given for       if the only other adult living in the     Saving Credit;
    100% Council Tax.                      any period during which a property       property is on a low income.
                                                                                                                            • Working and on low pay (including
                                           is continuously empty. Certain         • Can apply for backdated support.          people who are self employed);
    Empty Homes Premium
                                           qualifying conditions apply for all      This will only be awarded if there is
    Long term empty dwellings that         reductions.                              good cause why the claim wasn’t         • On a low income. For example you
    remain empty and unfurnished                                                    made from the earlier date.               might only get a retirement pension
                                           Family annex                                                                       or be getting social security benefits
    for longer than 2 years will attract
                                                                                  2. The Local Council Tax                   like Incapacity Benefit;
    an Empty Homes Premium. The            If your property has an annex which       Reduction Scheme – working
    premium will be an extra 50% charge    has a separate Council Tax band           age households with no                 • A working age household with
    in addition to the 100% charge for a   and is occupied by a relative, they       children under 5                         capital / savings under £12,000; or
    long term empty dwelling.              may be entitled to a reduction from                                              • A pensioner household, or
                                           their Council Tax.                     These households:
    Second homes                                                                                                              household with a child under 5,
                                           Use your MyAccount at                  • Can apply for support under               with capital / savings under £16,000.
    Dwellings that are unoccupied but                                               our local Council Tax Reduction
    furnished are classed as second                                                 Scheme.
                                           to tell us if your property has
    homes. There is no discount for                                               • Will have their entitlement
                                           become empty or if your property
    these dwellings. The charge for a                                               calculated using the national
                                           has a separate annex occupied by a
    second home is 100%.                                                            scheme but support will be
                                           family member.
    If your property becomes empty,                                                 reduced by 20%.
    contact us straight away and we                                               • Cannot apply for Second Adult
    can tell you if you qualify for any                                             Rebate.
                                                                                  • Can only get support from the date
                                                                                    a claim for reduction is made.
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     The government has made changes        • The Applicable Amounts we use          The following agencies can give        These facilities are available to all
     to all Local Council Tax Reduction       to work out how much Council Tax        advice about your application:         customers:
     schemes that may affect how much         Reduction you are entitled to;          • Citizens Advice                      • Access for wheelchair users at
     Council Tax Reduction we can award                                                 Tel: 0344 826 9713                      our Life Centres in Wigan, Marsh
                                            • Limit the length of time you are
     you.                                                                               Email:              Green, Atherton, Leigh Town Hall,
                                              allowed to leave the country and
     These include changes to:                keep your claim active to 4 weeks.                        Ince and Platt Bridge.

     • Limit the child premium to two      For a full list of these changes          • Age UK (for those over 50) Wigan    • Browsealoud is available on our
                                                                                         Tel: 01942 241972                     website to download so that you
       children for new claims or where     and for more information on this
                                                                                         Email: enquiries@                     can have the information on our
       you become responsible for a third   please visit:                  web pages read aloud to you.
       child;                               counciltaxreduction                
     • The amount of the Non Dependant                                               • You can also get Welfare Rights
       Deductions for some customers                                                    Advice from us by emailing
       who have another adult (not their                                      
       partner) living with them;

     How to apply                           Need help to make an                      Changes you need to                     Tell us online by registering for
                                            application?                              tell us about                           MyAccount at
     Register for MyAccount and apply
     online at            • You can get help and use our            Tell us straight away if you are
     MyAccount                                online facilities at our Life Centres   getting Housing Benefit or Council      and click on our ‘report a change
                                              in Wigan, Marsh Green, Atherton,        Tax Reduction and have a change         in your circumstances’ form.
     You cannot make a claim for Council
                                              Leigh Town Hall, Ince and               in circumstances. If you do not tell
     Tax Reduction through Job Centre         Platt Bridge.                                                                  You can get face-to-face help with
                                                                                      us about a change as soon as it
     Plus or the Pensions Service.                                                                                           any enquiry about a council service
                                            • If you are a tenant of Arena            happens, you could lose benefits or
                                                                                                                             at our Life Centres in Wigan, Marsh
     For more information about               Housing, Adactus Housing, or            we could pay you too much and you
                                                                                                                             Green, Atherton, Leigh Town Hall,
     Council Tax Reduction visit              Riverside Housing, your landlord        will probably have to pay it back.
                                                                                                                             Ince and Platt Bridge.                        can help you fill in and check your
                                                                                      It is an offence not to tell
     counciltaxreduction                      benefit claim online.                                                          Complaints or compliments
                                                                                      us about any change in
     If you rent your home you might also   • If you do not have access to a          circumstances that affects your        Fill in an online form at
     be entitled to Housing Benefit. For      computer or are unable to visit         entitlement. We may take court
     more information about Housing           us at any of the above places,          action against you.
     Benefit visit                            contact us 01942 489002.
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     Universal Credit
     Universal Credit is a payment paid       You will have to pay your Council Tax   Information about the Adult Social Care Precept
     by the Department for Work and           from your monthly Universal Credit
                                                                                      Wigan Council has responsibility for Adult Social Care functions under
     Pensions to help with your living        payment yourself. If you are on a low
                                                                                      Part 1 of the Care Act 2014. The Secretary of State for Communities and
     costs if you are on a low income or      income you may qualify for Council
                                                                                      Local Government has given Wigan Council the option to charge an annual
     out of work.                             Tax Reduction.
                                                                                      ‘precept’ on its Council Tax for the financial years from 2016/17 to 2019/20
     It replaces existing benefits and        Apply at              without holding a referendum, subject to annual approval of the House of
     credits into a single monthly            counciltaxreduction                     Commons. This money will be used to fund Adult Social Care. For 2018/2019
     payment.                                                                         Wigan Council has taken the maximum option to charge an Adult Social Care
                                              Find out more about Universal Credit
                                                                                      precept of 3% of the value of the amount of the Wigan Council Charge set in
     From 18th April 2018 most people         on the government website
                                                                                      2017/2018 including the 2% Adult Social Care precept for 2016/2017 and the
     making a claim for working age 
                                                                                      3% Adult Social Care precept for 2017/2018.
     benefits and help with housing costs
                                              If you don’t have a computer at
     in Wigan Borough will be placed in                                               Information about the Mayoral Precepts
                                              home you can use one for free at
     Universal Credit Full Service.
                                              your local library or Life Centre.      The Mayor of Greater Manchester has now taken on the responsibilities of
     You will be automatically transferred    There are also drop-in sessions for     the Greater Manchester Police and Crime Commissioner and the Greater
     to Universal Credit in the Wigan         residents that need extra help to get   Manchester Fire and Rescue services. From 2018/2019 the precept on
     borough if you have a change of          online. For more information about      Council Tax bills for Police services will be replaced with the Mayoral Police
     circumstances that affects your          help and support for Universal Credit   and Crime Commissioner Precept Component and this precept funds Police
     current benefits.                        claimants visit       services. The precept for the Fire and Rescue Services will be replaced with
                                              universalcredit                         the Mayoral General Precept Component (including Fire Services). This
                                                                                      precept includes an amount for Fire and Rescue Services and a new amount
     Help available                           In a crisis?                            to fund the Greater Manchester Mayor and the work he wants to do in Greater
                                                                                      Manchester. The information provided by the Mayor indicates that the precept
     Need help with money or other            If you find yourself in a crisis our
                                                                                      will pay for the running of the Mayor’s office and to meet the Mayor’s priorities
     problems? For information go to          Local Welfare Support Advisors can
                                                                                      in Greater Manchester which are to:             help support customers to:
                                                                                      • Improve our public transport and ease congestion;
                                              • access financial help and advice,     • Protect our green spaces and develop affordable housing;
     Don’t be excluded
                                              • gain appropriate referrals e.g.       • Make Greater Manchester the UK’s leading digital and green city;
     Get in touch with those you owe            food parcels, white goods, and        • Eradicate homelessness.
     money to as soon as you can.             • build self-reliance.                  The table below shows the cost of the Mayoral Precept per household for
     You can nominate a friend or
                                              To speak to a Local Welfare Support     2018/2019.
     representative to help you if you find
     it hard to manage it yourself.           Advisor ring 01942 705221 or visit       Council Tax   A       B       C       D        E       F        G        H
                                              our Life Centres at Wigan or Leigh.      Band
                                              Avoid doorstep loan companies.           New Mayoral £5.33     £6.22   £7.11   £8       £9.78   £11.56 £13.33     £16
                                              Their interest rates can be extremely    charge
                                              high.                                   For more info go to
We can make the information in this booklet available in other formats and
languages on request. Contact us at: Wigan Council, PO Box 100, Wigan,
WN1 3DS. 01942 489001
Printed March 2018
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