Council Tax 2018/19 - Wigan Council
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1 2 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 www.voa.gov.uk 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. wigan.gov.uk/incomeandspending 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 generations. 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
3 4 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.
5 6 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.
7 8 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 www.wigan.gov.uk/MyAccount 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 www.wigan.gov.uk/MyAccount • 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.
9 10 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 www.wigan.gov.uk/MyAccount 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. reduction. • Can only get support from the date a claim for reduction is made.
11 12 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: email@example.com Green, Atherton, Leigh Town Hall, allowed to leave the country and These include changes to: keep your claim active to 4 weeks. www.wigancab.org 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: www.wigan.gov.uk/ ageukwiganborough.org.uk web pages read aloud to you. child; counciltaxreduction www.ageukwiganborough.org.uk • 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 firstname.lastname@example.org 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 www.wigan.gov.uk/ • You can get help and use our Tell us straight away if you are www.wigan.gov.uk/MyAccount 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. www.wigan.gov.uk/ 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 www.wigan.gov.uk/contactus more information about Housing us at any of the above places, action against you. Benefit visit contact us 01942 489002. www.wigan.gov.uk/housingbenefit
13 14 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 www.wigan.gov.uk/ 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 www.gov.uk/universal-credit 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 www.wigan.gov.uk/ 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: www.wigan.gov.uk/moneyadvice 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 www.greatermanchester-ca.gov.uk/counciltax
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 Email: email@example.com Printed March 2018
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