Issue 16 September 2019

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Council Tax Support consultation goes live

Council Tax supportWe're currently asking local people for their views on proposed changes to our Council Tax Support Scheme.

The Council Tax Support Scheme offers a discount that helps low income households of working age to pay their Council Tax. There are currently about 3,200 people of working age in Mid Sussex who are eligible for a Council Tax reduction under the MSDC support scheme.

Mid Sussex District Council is now required to make changes, which will bring the Council Tax Support Scheme into line with the Government’s Universal Credit benefits.

Since June 2018, Mid Sussex has been covered by the roll out of Universal Credit and this means changes to the way we calculate support levels for those people who are helped by our scheme. We’re proposing to introduce an income banded scheme for all working age applicants to ensure that weekly variations in income don’t lead to frequent changes in the amount of help claimants receive through the Council Tax Support Scheme.

We’re hoping this proposal will make the scheme easier to understand, and to administer, alongside Universal Credit. It should also reduce the effect that changes in income can have on the Council Tax that people have to pay.  

The Council Tax Support Scheme consultation runs until Friday 1 November and online consultation forms are available at www.midsussex.gov.uk/consultation. For people without internet access at home, paper copies and computers are available for the public to use at our offices at Oaklands, Oaklands Road, Haywards Heath.

For more information telephone 01444 477264 or email cts-consultation@midsussex.gov.uk

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Last year, West Sussex County Council (WSCC) asked residents what would help them make the switch to electric vehicles.

The survey showed that lack of public charging points and range anxiety were significant factors discouraging people from switching. WSCC has taken into account those results and has produced a draft Electric Vehicle (EV) Strategy, which is now open for public consultation until Tuesday 1 October.

Residents, businesses and commuters into the county are being asked 16 questions to see if the strategy will help address the initial barriers and give individuals the confidence to switch to EV’s.

Early investment in infrastructure to support the transition from petrol and diesel vehicles to alternative fuels is critical. Long-term it will also help improve air quality and reduce carbon emissions across the county.

With electric vehicles looking to be similar price wise to conventional vehicles in the UK as early as 2021, WSCC wants the public’s view on its draft strategy so they can make sure it’s fit for purpose. Whether you currently own or drive an electric vehicle, are considering buying one in the future, or even if you have no plans to switch, they would like to hear from you.

All consultation responses will help shape the final Electric Vehicle Strategy. You can take part by visiting the Have Your Say Consultation Hub on the WSCC website.