At Autumn Statement 2022 the government announced its intention to increase referendum principles to 3% for core council tax and up to 2% for the Adult Social Care precept, with additional flexibilities for some other authority types for both 2023-24 and 2024-25. Recognising the impact of rising bills, the government will be distributing £100 million of new grant funding in 2023-24 for local authorities to support economically vulnerable households in their area with council tax payments. Funding will be allocated to councils based on their share of local council tax support claimants according to the latest data. The government expects local authorities to use the majority of their funding allocations to reduce bills for current working age and pension age Local Council Tax Support (LCTS) claimants by up to £25. Councils can use their remaining allocation as they see fit to support vulnerable households with council tax bills. More information can be found here: Council Tax Support Fund guidance - GOV.UK (www.gov.uk) What does this mean for South Kesteven residents? The Government expect South Kesteven District Council to fund further reductions in the council tax liability of individuals received LCTS which an outstanding council tax liability, by up to £25. For those with an outstanding liability over £25, the Council has also approved a Discretionary scheme to award a further top-up of up to £20. This will be undertaken as part of the annual billing process and an amended Council Tax bill will be issued to those who are eligible. Customers who have claimed LCTS after 01 April 2023 received a £25.00 award when their application was processed. A further £15.00 discretionary award has now been awarded. This web page will continue to be reviewed and updated as needed.