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Council Tax

Volume 717: debated on Monday 1 March 2010


Asked by

To ask Her Majesty's Government why the name of council tax benefit has not yet been changed to council tax rebate; and why there must be consultation before this change can take place. [HL2156]

By taking swift action to include order making powers in the Welfare Reform Act 2009 to change the name of council tax benefit to council tax rebate we have demonstrated that we are committed to making this change at the earliest opportunity. We believe that the change of name could have a positive impact on take-up and help more pensioners with council tax bills.

There are no plans for a formal consultation exercise.

We have been and will continue to work closely with local authorities and their IT suppliers to assess the impact and costs of these changes and the fit with other initiatives the department and local authorities have to deliver, so that renaming can be introduced at the earliest opportunity.