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Have your say Council Tax Reduction Scheme consultation
St Aloysius Primary School The Diocese of Westminster and governing body of St Aloysius Catholic Primary School are consulting on closing the school – the school has been getting fewer applications for places and has a falling number of pupils. If you have any comments please email staloysius@ camden.gov.uk
Our Council Tax Reduction Scheme helps residents on low incomes to pay council tax. We spend over £25 million a year providing this support and we are committed to maintaining this investment to help our poorest households. However, the current scheme is complex, out of date and our administration costs are increasing. If we do not change the scheme those on Universal Credit will receive on average 9% less support. That’s why we are launching a consultation on a recommended new scheme for working-age households from 17 June until 15 September. We consider the proposed scheme to be simpler and fairer, and it would help us to provide long-term support.
Under the proposals, 10,000 out of work and low income households would still not need to pay council tax, at a time when most boroughs require a minimum contribution for all. In our proposed scheme, we estimate that 12,300 working-age households currently receiving support would get the same or more (81% of claimants). Around 2,900 in work households would be asked to pay on average £9 more council tax per week, based on earnings. Residents would be able to access support including for employment and childcare. By law we cannot change the scheme for pensioners. We are committed to taking on board your views in the design of the final scheme and your comments on our proposals generally. Find out more and take part at camden.gov.uk/ctrs
Camden’s climate crisis fight Climate change emissions have fallen by 34% in Camden since 2005. We’re building on this progress by holding a Citizens’ Assembly in July, so that the Camden community can help define our future approach to the challenge. At the Citizens’ Assembly on the climate crisis, attendees will hear from leading climate scientists, community energy groups, schools and environmental experts about how climate change is already affecting Camden, and the approaches we could take to support global action to address the challenge. The assembly will put your environmental ideas and priorities at the top of the agenda. The community efforts will set the direction for a new Environment Plan for Camden, as well as leading to neighbourhood projects. 6
We want the assembly to hear the views of the wider Camden community too, and during June everyone will be able to share their ideas on the climate challenge at camdenclimateassembly.commonplace.is