DFP Rate Rebate Consultation

10 Sep 2013     Last updated: 8 Oct 2014

NICVA recently ran a consultation event on rating. Changes happening to the rates support element of Housing Benefit, known as the rate rebate element of Housing Benefit.

Attendees at the consultation event had an opportunity to hear from representatives from the Department of Finance and Personnel (DFP) Rating Policy Division, which has the responsibility of implementing the changes to the Rates Rebate Scheme in Northern Ireland, on the proposals set out in the consultation document. Les Allamby, Director of the Law Centre, also provided an analysis on the proposals.

This consultation is about changes happening to the rates support element of Housing Benefit, known as the rate rebate element of Housing Benefit. These changes are needed as a direct result of the UK Government’s decision to remove Council Tax Benefit in GB and the rate rebate element of Housing Benefit in Northern Ireland from the social security system.

DFP has already undertaken a 12 week preliminary consultation exercise to inform how a new scheme might be developed and to gather fresh evidence of the potential effect on households. The key outcomes from that preliminary consultation are included in the new consultation paper. Taking account of suggestions made by consultees at preliminary stage, DFP state that the purpose of this second stage consultation is to set out the proposed way forward together with illustrative impact assessments and modelling.

The consultation paper can be found on the DFP website by clicking here.

Presentations and a discussion paper from the event can be downloaded below.

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