Residents are being urged to give their views on proposed changes to the council tax reduction scheme.

Cotswold District Council has launched a consultation which runs until November 15 and is open to all residents in the district, not just those in receipt of support.

If agreed, the changes would come into effect on April 1, 2020.

Changes proposed include introducing a new income banded scheme to take account of different groups from single occupants to couples and families with children.

Introducing an ‘extended period’ of up to eight weeks to support the transition of households whose increased income sees them move into higher banding.

Removal of the two child limit to help larger families have more disposable income

Introducing an increase to the maximum amount of savings claimants can have, from £6,001 to £10,000.

Deputy leader of Cotswold District Council Mike Evemy said: “This consultation is vital to understanding the views not just of those who rely on council tax support, but also the wider communities we serve.

"I’d encourage anyone who can spare a few moments to fill out the survey and help us to ensure any changes made best suit the needs of residents.

“Ultimately, we want to achieve a scheme that is simple to understand and effective in ensuring people in greatest need are receiving the right support.”

Following the consultation, a report will be considered by councillors before a decision is made.

The survey can be found online at