If you disagree with your Council Tax Reduction, you may initiate a challenge under section 16 of the Local Government Finance Act 1992, at any point after receiving confirmation of a council tax reduction.
Not Happy with our Decision
A Council Tax payer may request the Council reconsider its decision at any point after receiving confirmation of a council tax reduction. You must advise the Council in writing
You must state the grounds on which you have a grievance against the Council's calculation. Council Tax Payers can only appeal if the Council has:
- Miscalculated their liability
- Misapplied the rules of the Council Tax Support Scheme
Your request for reconsideration must include:
- Your full name and address
- The address that the appeal relates to
- The date on which you are appealing and the name of the Council to whom you are appealing
- The date on which the you were notified of the reduction decision by the Council
- The grounds on which you are aggrieved (wish to appeal against)
- Reasons why you consider that the decision or calculation made by the Council was incorrect
- Where you have also made a housing benefit appeal to the Tribunal Service and the appeal raises common issues of fact, a statement to that effect
The Council will then look at your claim and advise you of the outcome of the reconsideration, outlining the reasons why they believe the grievance is not well founded or confirming the steps taken to address the grievance. If the decision is not changed in your favour, you have right to appeal to the Valuation Tribunal for England within 2 months of the date of the reconsideration.
The Council must respond to you within two months of receiving a challenge to the Council Tax Reduction calculation.
Appeal to the Valuation Tribunal
Before you can appeal to the Valuation Tribunal for England (VTE) you must have written to the Council explaining the grounds on which you are challenging the calculation of the council tax reduction, giving the Council an opportunity to resolve the matter. If you remain aggrieved then you can appeal to the VTE within two months of receiving a written response from the Council.
If the Council fails to respond to your grievance within two months then you can appeal direct to the VTE within four months of sending your grievance to the Council's decision.
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